Noel Whelan has told Football Insider he believes Vurnon Anita’s time at Leeds United is over, even if he were to fail in securing a move away from Elland Road before Monday’s European transfer deadline.
The former Holland international is deemed surplus to requirements under Marcelo Bielsa and is understood to have been told to find a new club this summer.
However, the Yorkshire Evening Post recently reported that there did not appear to be any offers on the horizon for the 30-year-old, which has led to Whelan to insist that Anita will still be outside of the Argentine’s plans if he were to still be at Thorp Arch.
“There is no place for Vurnon Anita anymore, he’s played his last Leeds game,” he said. “Everybody wanted it to work out for him when he signed, but it wasn’t the same Anita as the one who played for Newcastle.
“He didn’t do a great deal under what were difficult circumstances admittedly. We have better players now, we just do. Anita needs to look elsewhere and move on. I’m sure he will be looking to do that.
“Bielsa has not seen enough from Anita to change his mind, and prefers the other senior players as well as the youngsters like Jamie Shackleton, Robbie Gotts and Leif Davis.
“Is Anita going to take over in midfield from Adam Forshaw or Kalvin Phillips, or a full-back from Stuart Dallas or Luke Ayling? No, he is not. There is no place for him.
“Whether he played for Holland or not is irrelevant.”
Now, it is not exactly difficult to agree with Whelan on his remarks regarding Anita, as it has been pretty evident that he will not be featuring for Bielsa any time soon as the manager has made it clear he does not want him at Leeds.
Whelan’s comments about the idea that the former Hilland international not being the same player to his days at Newcastle can be backed up with the simple gathering of statistics. According to the data compiled by Transfermarkt, he amassed 155 appearances as he scored three goals and provided six assists during his time at St. James’ Park. Admittedly, he is not a forward player, but he did not manage to do anything of note in his time at Elland Road.
He has made just 22 appearances during his two-year spell at the club (Transfermarkt) under Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom combined and was thought to have been offered the chance to head to Greece to resurrect his career, although it turns out he rejected the opportunity to join Panathinaikos.
Anita, clearly, does not appear to be in a position to add to those numbers for the Whites anytime soon and an exit would certainly be the best thing for him at this moment in time.
Whether he can get one, though, is a completely different story and one that does not appear to have too long left to play out.
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