Newcastle United have been given fresh hope of offloading Christian Atsu ahead of the Monday transfer deadline, with both Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Watford pursuing a move for the 28-year-old.
Atsu has found himself well down the pecking order at St James’ Park, having yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League for the Magpies so far this campaign, while he only managed to make 19 Premier League appearances last term, as per Transfermarkt.
Both Nottingham Forest and Watford are now battling to secure his signature before the deadline, according to today’s print edition of the Sunday Mirror (page 69). The two Championship clubs need attacking reinforcements before the window closes, having both struggled to score goals in the opening weeks of the campaign.
Atsu has never been able to fully convince at St James’ Park or establish himself as a crucial member of the starting line-up since he made the move from Chelsea initially on loan in 2016. Indeed, the 28-year-old enjoyed his most productive season with the Magpies during the 2016/17 Championship campaign, registering five goals in 32 appearances (via Sofascore).
The versatile Ghanaian, who can play from both a wide attacking position and attacking midfield, has only managed to score three goals in Newcastle’s last three seasons back in the top flight and he has been moved further down the pecking order by the Magpies’ other transfer arrivals.
A move away looks like the best option for Atsu and the Championship may be more of his level, so moving to either Watford or Nottingham Forest could help him to rediscover his best form and play a greater role than he currently has at Newcastle.
Whilst the 28-year-old has maybe lacked quality at times, he has always been there when called upon and he could leave St James’ Park knowing that he played a role in helping them get back to the top flight in 2017 and establish themselves there since.
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