It’s not always been easy supporting Newcastle United, though the sight of Rafa Benitez holding the Championship title aloft at St. James’ Park was a truly wonderful one.
With the first phase of the ‘Rafalution’ complete, much has been made about the next step. Pundits have suggested £150m must be ploughed into the team this summer in order to maintain Premier League status, though that seems rather excessive.
Clearly, Rafa Benitez must be afforded funds to improve the ranks for life in the proverbial Promised Land, though Newcastle shouldn’t forget the players who helped them on the way there.
Vurnon Anita hasn’t always convinced on Tyneside, though proved a key figure in their promotion campaign. Able to operate at both right-back or central midfield, the Dutchman thoroughly improved in the second tier.
Granted, it was a lower standard of opposition, though the 28-year-old was a key figure during Benitez’ 10-game stint in the Premier League last season, impressing against Liverpool and Manchester City.
Due to his versatility, as well as experience in the Premier League, it’d be silly to allow the former Ajax man to leave so soon after his return to form.
Buying both a right-back and a central midfielder, even as back-ups, would surely take a huge chunk out of whatever budget Mike Ashley ends up handing Benitez this summer. Anita can cover both and has previously proved he can mix it amongst England’s elite.
Having admitted he wants to stay at St. James’ Park, the man signed by Alan Pardew back in 2012 could finally have a big part to play for Newcastle United.
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