Thursday Jun 10, 2021. 13:00
Renowned Premier League commentator Peter Drury has paid tribute to departing Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu.
The 29-year-old Ghanaian winger was recently released by the English club after five years of service at St. James Park.
Atsu endured a miserable 2020-21 season under manager Steve Bruce in which he made just one appearance, in a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup in September last year.
This is in stark contrast to the club’s time with Rafael Benitez in charge, when Atsu’s pace and work rate were highly valued by the Spanish tactician.
“I’ve really enjoyed watching him play,” Drury told Kumasi’s Silver 98.3FM, as quoted by Ghana Web.
“He is one of those guys who on his day gets you on the edge of your seat… and excites you and thrills you.
“From time to time he has scored goals that really matter in big games. It is important that Atsu and other Ghanaian players are thriving.”
Atsu, meanwhile, has revealed that he was given opportunities to leave the club by Bruce, but does not regret remaining in Newcastle until his recent release.
“I didn’t know that [the Cup match against Rovers] was going on be my final game,” he told Chronicle Live, as quoted by Football Ghana.
“Bruce has his style, it’s just that I couldn’t adjust quickly. He gave me a choice to stay or move on loan and I chose to stay. I never regretted my decision,” he added.