Christian Atsu has had an interesting season at Newcastle United.
Signed by Chelsea from Porto four years ago, the winger hasn’t had a single game for the West London club.
After a series of loans, the Ghanaian international is desperate for a permanent home and is now waiting to see if Newcastle act to make the move permanent.
Christian Atsu has made 32 Championship appearances this past season but only 15 were in the starting 11, with another 17 when coming off the bench.
Whilst he has fared a little better on loan in Spain and Holland, when on loan at both Bournemouth and Everton he has made only one league start.
This has led to claims back in Ghana, that Atsu, who is one of their star players for the national side, is unsuited to the winger.
However, Ghana assistant coach, Maxwell Konadu, disagrees.
He thinks that Christian Atsu has his ‘own style of play’ and the now he has been given a chance at Newcastle he has ‘grabbed it well’.
Playing for Newcastle he has five Championship goals and three assists, whilst he has also finished the season strongly.
With Matt Ritchie injured/suspended he has grabbed his chance, following up a crucial goal against Preston that helped ensure promotion, with the opening goal at Cardiff, then an excellent display against Barnsley when he was a constant threat.
Even when not featuring much in club football, Maxwell Konadu still feels that Christian Atsu has never let his country down.
With over 40 caps the winger is a mainstay of the national team and was named in team of the tournament in this year’s African Cup on Nations, plus was player of the tournament in the previous one.
Knowing how good he is, Konadu says ‘I am not surprised he has done well with Newcastle United‘.
“People have argued that England is not good for Christian Atsu but he has his own style of play and I think when the opportunity was given to him, he grabbed it well.
“Atsu has been wonderful – especially when it comes to the national team.
“Even if he is not doing well at club level, when it comes to the national team, it is a different ball game altogether.
“So I am not surprised he has done well with Newcastle United.”