Christian Atsu is at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon as his country Ghana have qualified for the quarter-finals of the competitions and he has played very well for them so far.
Ghana got their second win of the tournament yesterday with another 1-0 win in Group D – this time over Mali – and he played the whole game.
Atsu put in another terrific display for his country yesterday.
Christian Atsu – another excellent game for Ghana
So Christian was very happy yesterday as both Ghana and Newcastle won their games.
— Christian Atsu (@ChristianAtsu20) January 21, 2017
Atsu has been doing well on loan at Newcastle this season (18 appearances 3 goals) after he struggled on other loan moves while he has been on the books of Chelsea since 2013.
Christian seems to put it down to Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez and he explains why he thinks Rafa is one of the best managers in the world.
This is what he said as reported in the Mail:
“The best managers are the ones that try to bring out the confidence.”
“They try and help the player, they are friendly with him when he’s bad, or good.” “They try to communicate with their player.”
“And it’s very important for a player, when things are not going well and the coach is at least trying to speak with him. I think that is one of the biggest differences in top coaches.”
“Yeah, we have a group chat.” “I always send them a “good luck” message, and they do the same.” “So of course I’ll congratulate them for the win.”
‘They understand what going to the AFCON means to us.” “The African Cup is one of the biggest tournaments in the world, so they are happy to let me go.”
‘We have a lot of players, a big squad, we have Mohamed Diame who left, as well as Chancel Mbemba, plus me.”
“But still they are winning, so you can see the kind of squad that we have, and the kind of manager that we have.”
Christian seems to love things at Newcastle and he’s a popular with the Geordie fans.
Newcastle are back on top of the Championship and we are now 9 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield Town after yesterday’s 4-0 win at home to Rotherham in one of automatic promotion spots.
Brighton play their game in hand on Tuesday night at home to Cardiff City and will go back on top with a win.