Another classic Chelsea signing, Christian Atsu spending four years on the West London club’s books but didn’t play a single competitive minute for the club.
The winger has now signed on a permanent deal, subject to work permit, for Newcastle.
Joining in 2013 from Porto for around £3.5m, in these past four years Christian Atsu has played a total of 15 minutes in two substitute appearances in friendlies.
One of the dozens of players sent out on loan each season by Chelsea, Newcastle was Atsu’s fifth loan club since arriving in England in 2013.
Chelsea Official Statement:
‘Chelsea Football Club has today reached agreement with Newcastle United for the permanent transfer of Christian Atsu.
Atsu, 25, has spent the 2016/17 campaign on loan with Newcastle, helping them secure a return to the Premier League at the first attempt. Atsu appeared 32 times, scoring five goals for the Championship winners.
The Ghanaian joined Chelsea in 2013, and was named the Player of the Tournament at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, also scoring the Goal of the Tournament. He was also in the 2017 event’s Team of the Tournament after helping his country reach the semi-finals.
We wish Christian the best of luck in his future career.’
After making only 15 Championship starts as well as 17 from the bench last season, it pretty much sums up where Christian Atsu is at.
There is clear quality/potential there BUT he does need to step it up to get a regular start in the Premier League for Newcastle.
Official Newcastle United statement:
‘Newcastle United can confirm the permanent signing of Christian Atsu from Chelsea.
The 25-year-old Ghana international spent last season on loan at St. James’ Park, making 32 league appearances and scoring five goals as Rafa Benítez’s side lifted the Sky Bet Championship title.
The Magpies have now exercised an option to sign him for an undisclosed fee and the winger has signed a four-year deal.
The transfer is subject to Atsu successfully reapplying for a work permit.
Manager Benítez said: “We are happy to sign a good player.
“He’s shown us that he’s a good professional and someone who is very keen to learn and improve.
“Christian has been a key part of our promotion campaign and he wants to help us to build something for the future.”