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Benitez Likes What He’s Seen Of This New Signing

12:32 pm, Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Last week captain Jamaal Lascelles was talking about one of the new signings – Chelsea’s Ghanaian International winger Christian Atsu – and he said he was a great signing for the club and unbelievable.

And it seems that Rafa Benitez has been impressed with what he’s seen of Atsu in training so far.


Christian Atsu – in training gear

Atsu signed for Chelsea from Porto three years ago for £3.5M and the 24 year-old has been loaned out to various clubs since then, but he’s only played 55 times in the last three years and scored 7 goals with 9 assists.

This is what Rafa has said about new boy Christian Atsu in the local press:

“It’s interesting because we have had very good reports.”

“Some people were a little concerned about his lack of game-time, but what we have seen and the info we have is quite good.”

“He will settle down and get fit.” “In training, he has been offering the things we expect from him.”

“We are really pleased because he’s the kind of winger we were looking for.” “Hopefully he can give us what we are looking for.”

“I am sure he will give us good games, assists and some good goals.”

If Christian Atsu does impress for us we can buy him for the amount in the loan contract and that cannot be too much – maybe £5M?

If that’s the case and he plays well for us this season he could turn out to be a terrific signing for Newcastle.

Christian has pace and skill and can both score goals and create them and he seemed delighted to join the club on loan.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Christian Atsu · Coaching · Loan Moves · Management · Newcastle News · Other News

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:33 PM


    I saw that. Nice statue, but who was that Baldy bloke unvieling it? ?


    September 12, 2016
    We have gone from having no plan B, to there posibly not being enough letters to cover the plans we have now.


    September 12, 2016
    I would like to see gouffran as part of a front 3 at some point. Maybe against a defensively weak side. Something like

    Gayle mitro goofy with richie, hayden and diame as the MF 3

  • 2 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    There should have been a 😀 in there

  • 3 nut meg // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Confirmed QPR
    Anita Hanlry Lascelles Gomez
    Shelvey Colback
    Yedlin Diame Lazaar

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Ritchie is left footed, played on the left during the recent international break, did so in pre season for us, and has played there in league games so far this season as well.

    I doubt Atsu and Lazaar will get the nod to start a game quite yet, so I think Ritchie there makes sense, unless Rafa decides to push Gayle wide left or Perez.

  • 5 hibbit // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    nut meg

    like your team !!

  • 6 clinath@ed // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Lil, while you on, do you think Ritchie could play in the No 10 roll. got two good feet, can run forever with a quick brain?

  • 7 WWSBRD // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    nut meg
    4 full backs? My word

  • 8 nut meg // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Solid at the back.rapid up front…you’ll see. lol

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    What a dull pointless game Mcardew bingo would have been. Like predicting the Scottish league winners after Rangers demise.

  • 10 Spoof // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Rafa likes what he has seen of Atsu, it would be nice if he could allow us a slight peak as well, hopefully Rafa will bring the lad on at some stage tomorrow, the same applies to Lazaar as we are yet to see him either but I doubt that we will see both of them tomorrow, unless we are 3/4 up with about 20 minutes left and we haven’t used any subs.

  • 11 Spoof // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:56 PM


    McClaren bingo would be very easy as you say as most of us would be getting 5 points mosts weeks, this Rafa bingo will drive us mad though as there will be many times we get 9/10 correct but his unexpected change will destroy most of us, how many would have left Lascellas out of there Reading line up, and how many would have left Hayden out against Derby when he has arguably been our player of the season, tell you what, 20 points could well win this league, on a good note it will keep interest in the game up as nobody will ever been that far behind, unless of course you have someone like kets who will make ridiculous predictions and end up storming away with the league !!!!!!!!!!!

  • 12 manxpie // Sep 12, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Confirmed rafa bingo thingy majig


    Anita Hanley lascelles dummett

    hayden shelvey

    Ritchie perez atsu


  • 13 WWSBRD // Sep 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    nut meg
    Haha doesnt sound bad when u put it like that but Id like to see Rafa be more adventurous personally

  • 14 magscar // Sep 12, 2016 at 1:05 PM


    Rafa bingo line up


    Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett

    Hayden Shelvey

    Yedlin Diame Ritchie


    Reckon Atsu may figure during game possibly for Diame. Too early for Lazaar but again likely to figure as a sub.

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 12, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Yeah, he probably could. I think you would lose something from his game though as his delivery from wide areas is fantastic. Playing him centrally would reduce the opportunities for him to do that, and I doubt his intricate passing is good enough to make up for the loss of his deliveries from wide.

  • 16 BeeGuy // Sep 12, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    The line-ups are overworking some of the squad. I look for significant changes on Tuesday with Mitro, Gamez and Yedlin starting with at least Anita, Diame, Dummitt and Shelvey all getting a rest.

  • 17 bettyswallocks // Sep 12, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Jail……. Confirmed Rafa bingo line out.


    Tsunki. Mr. Tuff. Blackley. Belfast

    Lesh . JFA. Jib. Welshie

    Rob Vollans. Markakkus

  • 18 expatmag // Sep 12, 2016 at 1:22 PM


    Sorry mate.

    Confirmed Rafa bingo line up v QPR

    Anita Lascelles Mbemba Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Atsu

  • 19 Jib // Sep 12, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    You cannot play me next to Jail !
    Have you any idea how many hospital passes I’ll get ?

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