NEWCASTLE midfielder Vurnon Anita says he will not be knocking on Alan Pardew’s door if he fails to make the starting line-up at Tottenham on Sunday – despite his keenness to play more games.
The Dutchman impressed after coming off the bench in Newcastle last week’s 2-0 win over Chelsea, setting up Loic Remy’s late clincher with a superb piece of skill.
He replaced the injured Cheick Tiote, who is expected to be fit in time to face Spurs, though the 24-year-old’s performance has given manager Pardew a selection headache.
With Anita having now adjusted to the pace and power of the Premier League, there is a clamour on Tyneside for him to start more games.
For his part, the Holland international – who says he was often in the same situation at his former club Ajax – will respect Pardew’s decision. “We have to wait and see what the manager does,” Anita said. “If I play, great – I’m happy.
“But if I’m not, I’ll work hard to get in the team.
“Maybe I’ll get a chance to come on and make a big impact again. We will wait and see.
“It’s not the first time I have had this. I had the same thing at Ajax, so I know what to do.
“I’m a player that wants to work hard all the time.
“If I come on, I want to show everybody what I can do. That’s no problem.”
Anita helped Newcastle put Chelsea on the back foot in the second half.
And he won praise for the way he set up Remy after exchanging passes with fellow substitute Gabriel Obertan.
“It’s good to get the chance to show the manager what you can do,” added Anita. “It came out great for me in this game, but not only for me, also the team.
“It’s a team performance, so everybody’s happy, and also the supporters.
“Remy finished it well. He played a good game. We’re also happy for him, the team and the supporters.”
Despite the elation of last week’s victory, Anita insists the players’ feet remain firmly planted on the ground ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane.
“After a good result, everybody is happy, but we must keep both feet on the ground, of course,” he said.
“We’ve got a tough game against Spurs on Sunday. We must work hard again to get a good result.
“We must hard to keep that consistency so we can win games.
“We’re working on that in training.
“We got a boost off the Chelsea game, but Spurs is going to be hard.
“They’re a very good team. We must work hard from the start to the end of the game.”