The 24-year-old Chelsea and Ghanaian International winger Christian Atsu completed his loan move before the deadline on Wednesday and he is very pleased to get the chance to play on Tyneside.
Christian signed for Chelsea from Porto three years ago for £3.5M but has been sent out on loan every season and sometimes didn’t play too many games.
He is keen to change that at Newcastle and seems very motivated to make the move permanent next summer.
Christian Atsu – signing for Newcastle United
Atsu will need to play very well for that to happen, because if we do get promoted Rafa will be looking for players who can perform well in the Premier League so all players will be available to him.
This summer, by his own admission, Rafa couldn’t get some of his targets to come to Newcastle, simply because we are a second division club.
This is some of what Atsu has said on Newcastle’s web-site after signing – and he is very keen to play in front of the legendary Geordie fans:
“That will be amazing, to play in front of those fans, I can’t wait,” “I’ve seen the fans – they are really great – and playing in front of a lot of fans gives you a lot of confidence.”
“At home, you can see the fans cheering the team. I’m really happy and excited and I can’t wait to play in front of them.”
“It gives you a lot of confidence when you are playing and I always look forward to seeing the fans behind the team, behind the players.”
“It boosts the team forward, so I hope they will be doing that for us each and every time we are playing.”
Atsu is currently away with the Ghana squad (42 caps – 9 goals) so he will have only a couple of days training before we are at Derby County on September 10th – the first of seven games in a short 22 days.
The first time he will get a chance to play at St. James’ Park will be on Saturday 17th September at home to Wolves and we play them again at home on Tuesday, 20th September in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup.
The goal has to be to get 7 wins.