Newcastle fans have shown no mercy in criticising Christian Atsu’s performance against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup on Wednesday.
The Magpies slipped to a 3-1 loss to the Championship outfit at The City Ground, to prolong Newcastle’s poor start to the 2018/19 season.
In a game with a lot of bad performances, Christian Atsu (valued at £5.4m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) was one of Newcastle’s worst, making almost no impact on the game and frequently losing the ball.
The former Chelsea man has not featured a lot under Rafa Benítez so far this season, and his performance yesterday will not do him any favours when it comes to making a start again.
However, it is unfair to solely criticise Atsu, with many fans also being quick to blast Chelsea loan Kenedy for an equally abysmal display.
Newcastle head to Man City on Saturday, with fans hoping that they will see their side put in a more spirited performance against the champions.
This is what the fans had to say:
Atsu promised we would see a different him this season? I agree he is worse
— DBainesBlaydon#Ashleyout (@Peas4NUFC) August 29, 2018
I can see why Atsu isn't getting much game time under Rafa. #CantDefend
— Parcell, Danny L (@Official_DLP23) August 29, 2018
How bad is atsu playing
— rhys dawson (@rhysdawson11) August 29, 2018
How did Atsu not get taken off tonight
— Dom Hey (@DomHey) August 29, 2018
Atsu’s first touch is somehow worse than Lukaku #nufc
— Matt Bodkin (@mtbodkin) August 29, 2018
How is Christian Atsu even a professional footballer? #nufc
— Richard Ward (@RichkWard) August 29, 2018
I think I'd rather have Callum Roberts over Christian Atsu at this point like. He falls over the ball so much its unbelieveable. Same with Barlaser and Ki
— Liam Martin (@LiamMartin96) August 29, 2018
PETITION FOR A NEW FOOTBALL TEAM. MUST BE ABLE TO TAKE AT LEAST ONE POSITIVE AWAY EVERY WEEK AND MUST ALSO NOT INCLUDE CHRISTIAN ATSU OR KENEDY AS A FORMER OR CURRENT PLAYER. SUGGESTIONS WELCOME
— kendall ♛ (@kendallrowanx) August 29, 2018
Christian Atsu practices playing football every day. Let that sink in #nufc
— Ben (@Grindle__) August 29, 2018
Christian Atsu is a footballer True or False?!
— Neil pattinson (@neil_patto) August 29, 2018
I’ve been really impressed with Christian Atsu tonight (said no one ever). #NUFC
— Musky #FBPE (@PhilipLynn4) August 29, 2018
Christian Atsu is awful!!!!
— underrated (@JustPAPINow) August 29, 2018
One of the worst performances I think I’ve ever seen there was about 3/4 players who played well for Newcastle tonight but Atsu and Kennedy were two of the biggest wastes of space on the pitch tonight. Don’t understand why are 1-1 with two minutes left we went for it sit back and
— Peter Anderson (@PeterDAnderson) August 29, 2018
My morning coffee is stronger than Atsu
— Chris Ayre (@ChrisAyre86) August 29, 2018
How Atsu is still on this pitch is beyond me, useless!!!! #nufc
— Ian Dickinson (@iand1979) August 29, 2018