New Signing – Mental Strength Now Necessary

Christian Atsu can become a good player for us and it also seems he is keen to do well this season so he can make his loan move to Newcastle permanent next summer.

And after yesterday’s awful performance in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park,  Christian has also shown some courage to come out and be interviewed.

The lad comes across as very positive and he’s calling on the players to be mentally strong.


Christian Atsu in training

Here’s what Christian said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:

“I made my debut but we lost the game, and we were fighting to win in front of our fans, but we have to be mentally strong.”

“It was great to make my home debut, they are fantastic fans and I’m happy I made my home debut, but right now we have to focus on the next game, which is what is important now.”

“It’s good to play in front of our fans. It’s unfortunate that we lost today’s game, but the next game is coming and we want to make them happy.”

“Everyone is down after the game, but the manager spoke with us and we have to have the mentality to win the next game, which is important.”

“We learn from our mistakes, and we have to give our best for the fans because they deserve it.”

“This is football, and this is what the Championship is about. Each and every day you have to focus and work so hard, because if you lose concentration, you pay for it.”

“This is where we need the players to be mentally strong. When you play for a big club like Newcastle, these kind of situations will come your way, but that’s why we are here – to deal with it.”

“We are all focussed on the next game,”

“Cup games are not like the league that we are playing in. If you don’t score, you’re going out, so it’s very important that we win. It’s a must-win game. We want to stay in the cup.”

“To beat someone two times in four days is difficult, but we will learn from our mistakes. We are going to play against them on Tuesday and it’s another chance for us to prove, on the pitch in front of our fans, that we can win.”

“You cannot deal with the past, you cannot change the past. Right now, we have to focus on the next game. We can make a better future, which is more important.”

“I’m really happy at the club. Now it’s for me to do my job. I’m happy that I played at St. James’ Park and I’m hoping and looking forward to the next game.”

Good words there from Christian.

Any team who can produce their best display of the season away from home and then follow that with a pathetic performance at home in front of over 52,000 fans at St. James’ Park is lacking something.

And it seems the players yesterday lacked the mental strength, the mental toughness necessary to go out and perform somewhere near their best form and win the game for the 7th successive time.

We were nowhere near our best yesterday and as Rafa rightly points out – we made stupid mistake after stupid mistake from the very start of the game.

It’s certainly not down to the ability of the players because three days ago the team looked fantastic in London.

We expect Rafa to bring in a number of new players for Tuesday night’s game in the EFL Cup against the same opposition.

The game is at home but the crowd will probably be around 20,00 after yesterday’s completely inept and uninspiring display – it reminded us too much of the rubbish served up last season.

Tuesday night will be the chance a lot of the players have been looking for and the first person on the team sheet for Tuesday night should be Yoan Gouffran.

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