PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Atsu - A weekend to forget for Ghana star

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Atsu - A weekend to forget for Ghana star
Newcastle United's Christian Atsu

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 13:00

Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu will have brushed this past weekend off as one to forget in his career.

The Black Stars attacker endured a frustrating 82 minutes before being substituted in Newcastle United’s surprise 1-0 home loss at the hands of Bournemouth on Saturday.

The defeat - which was confirmed by a last-gasp goal from the Cherries’ Steve Cook - was Newcastle’s second in the space of five days, having gone down 1-0 away to Burnley last Monday.

The loss was an especially bitter one for Atsu, as it came against one of his former teams: the Ghanaian spent half of the 2015/16 season on loan at the Vitality Stadium, but never managed to establish himself under manager Eddie Howe.

Atsu emphasised in the lead up to the game that he had “nothing to prove” against the Cherries, but there is no doubt that the 25-year-old would have wanted to get one over the South-Coast side.

The winger will now turn his attention to international duty, as he is part of the Ghana squad which will face Egypt in their final 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday 12 November.

The match is a dead rubber, with Egypt having secured top spot in Group E, but Atsu will still hope to impress and further cement his place in the Black Stars team under coach James Kwesi Appiah.

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