ALAN Pardew says Vurnon Anita adds “something different” to the Newcastle United midfield mix.
Although versatile enough to be able to fill in at left-back and right-back if required, Anita (pictured right) has been signed to provide competition in the midfield area.
Pardew says he is a competitive character desperate to learn and be better, and that is one of the main reasons why United were persuaded to spend nearly £7million on the 23-year-old. In a move which should quell fears Anita is being lined up to replace Cheick Tiote, Pardew says he is not a carbon copy of the Newcastle midfield general.
The United manager said: “He's a little bit different to Tiote and a little bit different to Cabaye and that was one of the reasons I thought he would be perfect for us.
“I think his game knowledge is good and this year, if we can, we want to build on what we did last year and control games.
“If we are going to control games, we need to have the ball and he is going to help us on that side.
“Character is the top ingredient for a top player and he has that.
“His ability is, well you know when you come through the Ajax system, you have to have technical ability, trust me.
“Even his passing on Thursday morning, you can tell he is at the level of our top players.”
Anita will be registered in time for Tottenham and is likely to play some part against Andre Villas-Boas’ men.
Cabaye is a doubt while Hatem Ben Arfa does not have the sharpness to start against Spurs. Fabricio Coloccini should play though.
Pardew added: “We have a number of players we’re going to sleep on because we’ve had the top players missing for crucial parts of the pre-season because of the Euros and little niggles.
“I’ve the other guys really up to speed so I’m going to have to be really careful with my team selection.”