Christian Atsu scored what was selected as the best goal of the 2015 African Cup of Nations Championship when he was way out on the right wing and beat his man and sent over a beautiful left foot shot that ended up in the top far corner of the net – a fabulous goal.
That was similar to the goal he scored for Newcastle on Saturday at Rotherham that ended winning the game for the Magpies although on Saturday he was much closer to the goal.
Christian Atsu – great goal on Saturday
But it was still a wonderful goal and Rafa has said he scores similar types of goal in training – (all the time?) – it looks it’s his speciality.
This is what Rafa said about the goal and about Christian:
“Christian scored similar goals in the training sessions, so to see him score this goal in an official game is really pleasing.”
“I’m really pleased for him, because it means he’s worked really hard, and you have this kind of situation which pleased me even more.”
“He has been training really well, he has pace and mobility, and we felt that by moving the ball to wide areas he could go one-on-one against defenders.”
“We did a lot of research on him before we brought him here and my information from Spain was really positive, really good.”
Here’s that goal in 2015.
And here’s his goal on Saturday.
After he scored the goal on Saturday he made it appear like he scores goals like that all the time.
Maybe he does.
The Rotherham press said it was that piece of Premier League class that beat them on Saturday at the New York Stadium.
If Christian keeps scoring goals like that for us – classy goals that differentiate us from the opposition – he will soon become a big big star on Tyneside.