Vurnon Anita finds himself in a strange position at Newcastle United this season. It seemed early in the season that he would be the first choice right-back and despite losing his place to DeAndre Yedlin, many still believe that Anita is the best right-back at the club.
However, Anita’s contract expires at the end of this current season, bringing us to the question: Should he stay or should he go?
This may be a discussion that splits opinion. Anita is well liked by much of the Newcastle fan base, who feel that he is calm, composed and has good abilities with his short passing and work rate.
On the other hand, though, is the argument that Anita has not made the required impact at the club in his years on Tyneside, to deserve a new deal.
This is a valid argument, Anita has been here for a long time now and while he club was in the Premier League, he failed to nail down a permanent spot in the starting line-up.
The natural counter argument to this is that under Rafa Benitez, Anita has improved tenfold and looks as though he could do a very good job in the Premier League, provided his improvement continues.
Still only 27, Anita is likely to be near the front of the queue for new contracts, whether the side are promoted or not.