Christian Atsu has followed the path of many signings for Chelsea but says now is the time for him hopefully to sign for Newcastle.
Arriving from Porto three and a half years ago, the winger still hasn’t played a single minute of competitive football for Chelsea and is very unlikely to ever do so.
In the previous three seasons Christian Atsu had spent time on loan at Malaga, Everton, Vitesse Arnhem and Bournemouth, now he says he is sick of this transient life.
As well as being sick of constantly making new starts, Atsu also says he has now found a club in Newcastle United where he feels settled, saying he feels ‘relaxed with my friends, the coaches and everyone, also with the fans’.
The speedy winger is proving popular with the supporters and although he has only started five Championship matches, he has been a regular off the bench, as well as his League Cup matches – altogether making 16 appearances so far.
Playing his part in the win over Burton with another committed 90 minutes, Christian Atsu has already scored three key goals in previous matches. Scoring in the wins over Rotherham, Wigan and Cardiff.
Yesterday was a rare occurrence of Rafa playing with two out and out wingers in Atsu and Ritchie, with normally a reliance on Gouffran to tie down that left hand side.
If Newcastle keep on picking up points, it will be interesting to see whether Rafa Benitez looks to play a more expansive attacking game in the second part of the season, giving Atsu more of a chance in the starting eleven.
Whilst outgoing loans such as Santon, Yanga-Mbiwa, Cabella and Thauvin have all included rigid triggers for permanent transfers once a certain number of games are played, Christian Atsu is instead finding his future based on how much he impresses Rafa Benitez up until May – with Newcastle simply having an option to buy.
Hopefully like most of the rest of the squad, Christian Atsu will feel inspired to give that little bit extra, to try and ensure he is part of Newcastle hopefully back competing in the Premier League next season.
“Every year I keep moving on loan to different clubs and it is not easy, I’m looking to settle.
”Newcastle is a big club and I respect them very much, I’m here to play football and work hard.
”It is their decision at the end of the season.
”The most important thing is to keep focused on what we want in the Championship this season.
”I’m settled here – I’m relaxed with my friends, the coaches and everyone, also with the fans.
”I’m very happy here in Newcastle and I am getting better each and every game – I keep working hard to help the team.”