Christian Atsu came off the bench at half-time on Saturday and gave a composed performance to help see out the 11th away win of the season.
The result against Wolves takes Newcastle back to the top of the table and the winger helped his team settle it down after the break and play better football, after a first half where they eventually took the lead but in truth, struggled to put together many/any decent passages of play.
January saw claims that his agent had organised a loan for the rest of the season in Turkey and now talk has resurfaced as to Christian Atsu heading there this summer.
However, the player has made clear where his intentions lie.
When asked yet again about Turkey, the loan player says that his only interest is to play in the Premier League and to do so with Newcastle United.
Christian Atsu has given four reasons to back up why he is happy where he is.
The Ghanaian international says that:
Newcastle is a ‘great club’.
Has a ‘good coach’ in Rafa Benitez.
NUFC has a ‘good’ set of players.
Plus the club has ‘fantastic fans’.
It remains to be seen whether Newcastle United and Christian Atsu will have a lasting relationship.
The first seven months of his loan have seen Rafa Benitez select Atsu in his starting eleven only six times.
With 16 matches to go, if Christian Atsu continues to see Yoan Gouffran (a player that many (most?) fans accept isn’t good enough for the Premier League) selected ahead of him, then hard to see how Rafa would see the value in signing the player permanently from Chelsea.
Christian Atsu asked once again whether he intends to move to Turkey in the summer:
“Why would I go to play in Turkey when I want to play in the English Premier League?
“I did hear the rumours but I wasn’t interested in them.
“I wasn’t focused on that because I knew I wouldn’t be going to play in Turkey.
“I am very happy at this club.
“Newcastle is a great club with a good coach, good players and fantastic fans.
“I am very happy at Newcastle United.”