After making the jump to the Premier League with Newcastle United, Christian Atsu has never really looked comfortable with the step up in quality within the English top flight.
Indeed, while the Magpies have held their ground in avoiding relegation, Atsu’s been relegated into a partial bench-warmer who really isn’t helping his case anymore. Sadly for him, it looks like Newcastle United are leaving him behind as the club look to make more of a go of things in the top tier.
Frankly, the Ghanaian winger – who SportRac report earns a pretty decent £30kp/w considering his distinct lack of impact – hasn’t helped his cause at all this season, where he’s been an extremely disappointing figure in Newcastle’s attack. Atsu’s been unable to score nor assist a single goal so far, with one after another disappointing performance forcing Rafa Benitez’s hand in removing him from the starting XI.
Only having a shooting accuracy of 50% and creating 3 big chances (stats via Premier League), fortune hasn’t favoured him at all.
One can see why, as Atsu hasn’t been brave or willing enough to make the difference for the Magpies throughout the season. He’s been lacklustre in the final third, scuffing moves and fluffing up in front of goal, much to the frustration of the fans reading, we’re sure. Despite being a pacy winger with the ability to move forward with the ball, the Premier League’s intensity’s been too hard for him to digest.
The Mirror reported late last month that the Magpies were plotting a squad overhaul and, surely, Atsu should be the first to go. He hasn’t helped his case to remain at Tyneside, barely creating anything in the final third or wowing fans with his ability. He’s not ready to stand out in a competitive place like the Premier League and should really look to return to the Championship to further hone his skills.
Yes, that free-kick away at Cardiff to help the Toon win the Championship title was a stunner, but that’s about it.
Indeed, Atsu can benefit from moving back at this point, as he did a decent job the last time he played in the Championship. He scored five goals and assisted two for Newcastle, having a broader influence over their attack with his exciting style.
Time is running out for the 27-year-old. Unless he can redeem his recent failures, Atsu could turn into another forgotten figure who allowed the Premier League’s heat burn him out.
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