After a successful loan spell on Tyneside. Christian Atsu has officially committed his future to the club.
Despite not regularly featuring. Atsu has impressed when called upon this season. So what can we expect from him in the Premier League?
In Benitez, Atsu has finally found someone who believes in him…
Christian Atsu arrived on Tyneside last year as a man who had failed to recognise his talent. A promising youngster who had failed to impress in the Premier League.
Spells at Everton and Bournemouth had been disappointing. Making few appearances, he failed to fit in at both clubs.
Atsu’s last chance was at Newcastle. The 25-year-old had to make an impression at the club. In just 15 starts he has impressed.
Whilst not being the finished article by any means, he has brought a different way of playing to United. Mainly making appearances off the bench, Atsu made an impact. Five goals seemingly a decent return when compared to his appearances.
This impact off the bench is what Benitez will need off Atsu in the Premier League. Whilst it is a different challenge the league suits Atsu’s style of pacey impactful football.
In a highly competitive league, Atsu has performed well when given opportunities. His performances in crucial games have been a particular highlight. Coming up with goals in vital games against Cardiff and Preston.
In particular, as the season has went on, Atsu has improved. So this low-risk transfer has worked out very well.
In today’s market, a fee of just over £6 million is a bargain for what Atsu offers. If he can replicate his performances of this season in the Premier League then he maybe one of the bargains of the summer.
In terms of where Benitez will go next is interesting. With rumours of a loan deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who impressed on loan at Bristol this season, has been mooted.
With his outstanding goalscoring record, this seems another low-risk signing which may turn out to be a work of genius.
After previous transfer horror shows in recent years. United fans will happy to see their side moving forward in a positive way.
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