VURNON Anita is ready to step up at Newcastle United - as Yohan Cabaye heads for the exit door.
Anita won praise from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew for his performance in Saturday’s goalless draw against West Ham United.
The midfielder - who found opportunities hard to come by last season after his move from Ajax - came into the team after Arsenal target Cabaye refused to play.
And the Holland international was one of Newcastle’s best performers on a largely forgettable afternoon at St James’s Park.
Pardew felt his team - who didn’t have a shot on target - lacked “creativity” on a sodden pitch.
However, he was heartened by several performances, and the clean sheet kept by a defence which leaked four goals at Manchester City.
“We didn’t have enough offensive creativity on the pitch, but on a positive note, the back four looked solid,” Pardew told SportMail.
“The goalie (Tim Krul) looks in great shape, while Vurnon and Sylvain had their best games for the club.
“Vurn tired a bit towards the end. Sammy (Ameobi) also did well. That reflects what has happened in pre-season.”