Vurnon Anita is prepared to play at right-back for Newcastle against Everton

Vurnon Anita: Newcastle midfielder is happy to play at right-back against Everton if required

Loading Market ...

Football Betting

Up To £30 Free Matched Bet

Newcastle United new boy Vurnon Anita says he is happy to continue at right-back if required against Everton next Monday.

Anita joined the Magpies from Ajax in the summer to play in central midfield, but was pressed into emergency service in defence against Aston Villa earlier this month.

Danny Simpson was forced out of the 1-1 draw after picking up a knock and, with Ryan Taylor and James Perch also injured, Newcastle's options for the trip to Everton are limited.

However, Anita was satisfied with his display against Villa and is ready to continue in his makeshift role if Alan Pardew needs him.

Anita told the club's official website: "We have got two injuries on that side, so if the manager needs me on that side, I will do my best for the team.

"It went well against Aston Villa. As a right-back you can come forward a lot, so I did that also and yes, I think it was a good performance.

"Central midfield is my position, so the main focus is on the midfield, but if the manager needs me on the right side, I can also play there."

Anita is expecting a difficult evening at Goodison Park, particularly as he knows two of the men who helped Everton to secure an opening day victory over Manchester United very well.

He said: "I saw the highlights and they were very aggressive. They played very well, so we must be prepared.

"I know two players who play there. I played with Steven Pienaar at Ajax - he was there when I made my debut - and Johnny Heitinga, also from Ajax and the national team.

"They are very good players, so I know they have a good team and a very strong team.

"It's a good opponent to play against and we are playing away, so we must be prepared."