'Big Bad' Vurnon?

Last updated : 16 November 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

Alan Pardew says Anita has improved his physical fitness, and says he’s pushing Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote hard for a regular role in Newcastle’s midfield.

Alan Pardew: “We’ve looked at Vurn’s stats in training and in his work, and he’s improved physically since he’s been here.

“I think he’s getting to grips with the Premier League, and he’s pushing hard now.

“That’s what we want. He’s pushing hard to start.

“At the minute, Cabaye and Cheick are back to their very best, so he’s got a tough job.

“That’s a really good area for us.

“He’s knocking on the door in training, and trust me, that’s where you want to do it.

“It’s not good banging on my door saying you should be playing. I need to see it on that training ground.

“He’s one of our best at doing that.”