When Newcastle United signed Christian Atsu, the fans exected him to be able to put in more performances like the one he managed yesterday. The Ghanian winger can often look like a headless chicken at times, but his wing-play and effectiveness on the flank yesterday was crucial, and the Geordies all appreicated his efforts.
Big win for us and great support from the fans pic.twitter.com/JqF7VUDERj
— Christian Atsu (@ChristianAtsu20) 15 December 2018
Usually, Atsu is one of the lads who puts in a below par display and finds himself on the wrong end of some stick from the fans during these types of games, anmd you only have to look at the fact that he’s yet to score or assist a goal in his 12 games for the club this season to work out why. However, if he puts in more shifts like the way at the John Smith’s Stadium yesterday, then end product will come.
All in all, the Magpies really enjoyed yesterday. Last season saw Rafa Benitez’s side fall to a 1-0 away defeat in Yorkshire when they travelled to face David Wagner’s Terriers, but this time was so different. By no means did the Magpies control the game, but they defended well and carved out a piece of magic when they needed it, and it was always going to be easier when Atsu put in the shift that he did.
You can read the Magpies’ thoughts on Atsu’s display here:
Well played Christian. You where great today. Hope you keep up the good form and keep working your socks off for the team. #NUFC
— kevy fitz (@kevymartins) December 15, 2018
Well played Christian. Keep it up!
— Callum Irving (@NUFCIrving1010) December 15, 2018
Outstanding today mate.
You're finding form.
— Burnsie #NUFC (@Optimistoon) December 15, 2018
Always give out your best
— Oscar 1Gh (@1ghOscar) December 15, 2018
well done m8 you did extremely well again, you perez and dubravka as usual
— jimmy kelly (@xskye69x) December 15, 2018
Class again today mate
— Shay (@Lxjeune) 15 December 2018
Ran you’re socks off
— Gavin McMillan (@GavinMcMillan17) 15 December 2018
The Magpies will never fault a player if they’re giving it their all, and that’s exactly what Atsu did out there yesterdasy in a tough 1-0 win.