This will be the first time that Christian Atsu has spent two seasons in a row playing for the same club.
The winger has led a nomadic lifestyle and since joining Chelsea he hasn’t played a single game for the West London club, with instead a loan(s) to a different club each season.
A little bit ignored in Newcastle United’s disappointing transfer window so far, Christian Atsu was of course made a permanent signing only days after the end of the season.
Being a player who fans have already seen play in black & white, it is no surprise his signing maybe doesn’t carry the excitement of a totally new player. Plus, the fact he only started 15 games in the Championship, leaves fans wondering just how much he will be used in the Premier League.
His 15 starts and 17 appearances off the bench brought five league goals and three assists, in 1567 Championship minutes on the pitch. Meaning a goal or assist every 196 minutes, or almost every other game (90 minutes).
Christian Atsu says the fact he has already ‘settled in well’ should hopefully help him play well, with the Ghanaian international believing he will be a ‘better player’ than last season.
In flashes he showed both pace, skill and the ability to score & create, likely to be used as an impact sub initially this coming season it will be up to Atsu to prove himself in the top tier.
With Rafa Benitez making the decision to put his faith in the winger as his first signing of the transfer window, Christian Atsu says ‘I need to repay him now’.
“It was always my first choice to come back to Newcastle.
“As soon as the season ended, I knew I wanted to stay. I always loved working with the team here and always loved playing for Newcastle.
“I wanted to be part of the Newcastle family and now I really feel like I am part of the team here.
“After last season, I wanted to get my future sorted quickly and find a place where I could settle down. I am happy to be here doing that.
“I went back to Chelsea, and was waiting for one week or so.
“I was hoping and praying that Newcastle would take up their option. Thankfully, I had my dream come true.
“It was a strange week. I was hoping and praying things would turn out well because I was very happy at Newcastle, with the lads, the fans and the whole club – I wanted to be with the team.
“The manager called me and told me he wanted to sign me. I was very happy at that moment.
“He called me and showed me a lot of respect and I need to repay him that now.
“It is nice to be settled – there is nothing new here, I don’t have to move to another place and start again.
“I have already settled in well and hopefully that will help me play, there are no stresses.
“I am more confident going into this season and I believe I will be a better player than I was last season.
“I am working hard and I know I will give my best for Newcastle, that should mean everyone will see the best of me.”