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Rafa – He Scores That Type Of Goal In Training – Video

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.

Sound familiar?

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.

Here’s hoping.

3 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Rdm is no more.

    Well done Dr Tony lol

    Hope they get tufty and he can’t turn it around.

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    On your interesting previous article, we aren’t the come back kings yet, hope we become that but you can’t use a game to justify a new culture.
    We broke the PL record by coming back from 4-0 down, that wasn’t followed up on other occasions.
    In any case, such results are freak results, albeit confidence is needed to pull them off and not give up, but 9 out of 10 they don’t happen too often.

    On the City game you use as an example, it’s our typical good half bad half characteristic (as is good game bad game). We are improving on that, but it still happens. In that particular game, it’s hard to justify 6 conceded, but let me give it a shot to defend the indefensible ? Really, we were 2 up, a perfectly good goal was disallowed. That’s not my opinion, video showed it. So we would’ve maybe gone into the break at 2 up, a different prospect. Also, top players like Aguero and DeBruyne were absolutely on fire. Everything they tried (see wonder goals), worked. That doesn’t happen every day.

    Rafa is instilling a winning mentality and we’ll need that. But he’ll be the first to admit we still need work. The odd collapse is lurking, see Wolves.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3


    Definitely came back to work with the youth.

    Under 12’s I think.


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