Success – 12th Newcastle Signing To Have Medical Tomorrow

Sky Sports have reported that Newcastle have reached total agreement with Chelsea on the loan move of winger Christian Atsu, with the issue that was reported to be holding things up last night – his transfer fee – presumably having been agreed in the last 24 hours.

The agreement is a season long loan with Newcastle having an option to buy the 24 year-old at the completion of the loan.

Christian Atsu Ghana

24 year-old Chelsea winger Christian Atsu

Keith Downie on his Twitter account expects Christian to be in Newcastle tomorrow to have his medical and with the transfer window closing at 11:00 pm on Wednesday night we’re sure Newcastle will likely want to complete the transfer tomorrow.

Since last Wednesday Newcastle have already signed three players – right-back DeAndre Yedlin, striker Daryl Murphy and left-back Achraf Lazaar.

And with the likely signing of Christian tomorrow, that will be four players signed in six days – this new Newcastle United doesn’t mess around.

Christian has speed and the left footed player usually plays on the right wing.

Here’s some information we have built up on the 24 year-old over the last week or so.

Over the last two years he’s been on loan at Everton (13 appearances – 2 assists) Bournemouth (2 appearances – 1 assist) and Malaga (24 appearances – 4 goals) so over the last two seasons he’s played 39 games.

Christian usually plays on the right wing, but he can also play on the left hand side and as a withdrawn striker.

He has been at Chelsea since signing on for them back in the summer of 2013 on a five year deal for a fee of £3.5M from Porto, but he has never played for the Chelsea first team.

In the 2013-2014 season he was on loan at SBV Vitesse in Holland and played 30 games with 5 goals and 6 assists.

Atsu has represented Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and in two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

He helped his country finish as runners-up in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, when they lost 9-8 on penalties to the Ivory Coast after a 0-0 final score after extra time.

He also was the Player of the Tournament and also scored the Goal of the Tournament – he scored two goals in total and both were against Guinea in the quarter finals.

It was his second goal in that game after 61 minutes that was voted the goal of the tournament as he swings the ball in with his left foot into the top right hand corner of the net.

18 comments so far

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s an extra set of legs and another option for Rafa. Know nowt about him in terms of seeing him play so I’m looking forward to his debut for us. Shame we have this international break.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Get him signed up soon and that’s our business done, should be a good season now with this squad.

  • geordie157

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Don’t know a lot about him but adds depth and pace, must be better than our recent loans surely!

    Shame Van Ginkel got injured, could have taken him too and we’d be sorted.

    Imagine it’s just judge left to confirm if it’s now or in Jan he’ll join.

    If tiote and sissoko both leave, could see one more central midfielder come in

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #4

    As we haven’t got many defensive midfielders, hope tiote stays.

  • Belfast

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki Mitrovic on Walker last season ?

    The right reverend Ian was making the point that bad challenges happen all the time and it was over three years ago.

    My point being – leave the reverend Ian alone or I’ll poke you in the eye Buster.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #6

    I suppose considering the greater gulf now between the two divisions Newcastle will have to run at a loss for a few years if they really are serious about top eight under Rafa. Which of course would be an about face for the owner, although you’d think he’d have little option.

    This has been an excellent window, and we now have a tip top Championship squad, but you’re now most likely going to need an injection of 5 to 6 players a season and a net spend of 60 to 80 million a year for a few years to do it.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Belfast – two radgies don’t make a right….ie…

    I don’t like Mitrovics’ tendency to go mental for very little reason, he’s a bit sparky to say the least and the death stare genuinely worries me ha ha but I don’t like mcmanacmcanacanaman for not just “the” tackle but the demeanour of the player behind it. He had previous, and I believe there was another recipient of his attention not long after he banjo’d Massadio. Plus I think he’s crap and mentally won’t fit in to this squad. I have protective glasses on so prod away Buster.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #8

    ……….and of course we do need to go up this season to have much realistic hope of achieving it, otherwise it’s all moot. We’ll have lost too much ground financially on the epl clubs if we don’t.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #9

    nowhere near the same belfast,
    keane’s is a better resemblance and it might have been 3 years ago but the same player is still here and still hasn’t put a good run of games together since
    full blooded studs up at knee level with a follow through just for good measure is alot worse than mitro’s studs down a shin pad

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve seen Tsunki on here chortling in his inimitable fashion about a particularly vigorous challenge by Tiote on an opposition player.
    Yet he gets all weepy and misty-eyed about Haidara’s clash with McManaman – double values methinks – and not for the first time with this particularly sententious poster.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #11

    On Atsu – is he a hay fever sufferer btw? – he’s 24 and hardly anyone has heard of him although he’s a Chelsea player. Good luck with that then. He’s like lettuce in a subway sandwich. You put it in because you can, it’s there anyway, and it costs nothing extra. But it doesn’t do you any good.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Post up the chortle ng episode then Jib, you specious opportunist knackbag. No offence.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Have I chortled lately? I think I guffawed once but there were others in the lift at the time and I think I got away with it. I’ve had a few chuckles. I avoid the giggles though.

  • Belfast

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Manxpie get of yer pink pony.

    He comes in and does the business you’ll forget all about that tackle.

    And if he was a pretty boy from the south of France instead of being a dog rough looking boy from scouseland you probably would have forgotten about it long ago 🙂

    Now park that pony !

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Jib I note you have a problem with originality, among the myriad other things. I pointed out long ago that you like to sneer and snipe at posters, and you begin a campaign of calling me out for sneering. I suggest Ian is priggish and you immediately say I’m sententious. You should have a go at the dictionary rather than the Thesaurus.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Belfast you might have a point with many other “hard men” and “no-nonsense” footballers in the man’s game, but every so often a tackle exposes a particular kind of thug that just happens to be a footballer – a tackle that for me negates years of work establishing a reputation as a good footballer. Keane on Haaland – a classic example of a vengeful and injurious mentality that allows an act that outside that game could make Keane criminally liable. it’s the intent to injure someone regardless of outcome, I wouldn’t want nufc to be associated with a player with that mentality.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #17

    on mcmanaman didn’t he say sorry
    not many players set out to break legs,

    I think it was more what the wigan owner Whelan and Martinez had to say on it that angered most at the time

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #18

    mcmanaman doing the business belfast?
    on what evidence?
    the fact he can’t get in a west brom team or his shocking stats for that club i wont post them as you wouldn’t understand them 🙂 and yes he is a shifty looking bugger who you wouldn’t trust to look after ya excrement

    the point was though his kind of tackle doesn’t happen all of the time and he broke some young players leg previously with a supposed shocker
    his excuse was he just got too worked up before games
    thats his job ffs

    a bus driver wouldn’t get away with the excuse of driving down a motorway the wrong way causing carnage and saying yeah i just get a bit worked up before getting in the cabin

    he’s a thug and a shite footballer to boot so no i wouldn’t cheer him or want him here and i’d bet thousands would feel the same


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