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Atsu could sign by Wednesday

by | 10/08/2014  Comments (53)  jump
Everton's move to take Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea could be completed by midweek, with Sky Sports reporting their understanding that the Ghanaian is due to fly to Paris tomorrow to sort out a work permit.

The report suggests that Atsu is then due to return to England on Tuesday before making his way to Finch Farm to put pen to paper on the deal.

That would confirm the arrival of the 22 year-old in plenty of time to be included in the squad for the season opener at Leicester City on Saturday.

Resolution one way or the other of David Henen's protracted transfer from Anderlecht is also expected within the next few days, with the young Belgian forward tweeting that he hopes to announce good news this week.

Unconfirmed speculation continues on social media that the 18 year-old has signed a five-year contract but while the personal side of the deal is reportedly agreed, there is no indication thus far that the two clubs have agreed on the final terms of the sale.  

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Christopher Wallace
1 Posted 10/08/2014 at 21:21:30
Sweet. Hopefully we've inserted and option to buy clause in there. Either way, very happy if we got him in for the season.
Dan Brierley
2 Posted 10/08/2014 at 21:22:00
I sincerely hope so, Pienaar has been an excellent and exciting player for our club, but just doesn't seem to have the legs anymore.

Lukaku up front, 4 across the midfield in Atsu, Barkley, Besic, Mirallas with McCarthy as the defensive mid in front of the back four. Now that sounds interesting.....

Paul Hewitt
3 Posted 10/08/2014 at 21:29:32
Never understood this work permit issue. Surely Atsu has a work permit to play for Chelsea.
Tim Greeley
4 Posted 10/08/2014 at 21:39:42
It definitely does Dan. I doubt we will see it though, Bobby would certainly balance in the experience of Barry/Ossie/Pienaar (at least one of them) somewhere.

For my FIFA squad IÂ’ll go with your lineup!

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 10/08/2014 at 21:42:12
Let's hope this "could sign by Wednesday" actually doesn't have anymore snags in it because I always start to worry when I hear a player needs a work permit.

If we can wrap up the signing of Atsu as soon as possible so he's available for Leicester then great.

Mike Allison
6 Posted 10/08/2014 at 21:44:08
Anyone understand why he has to fly to Paris? Does he have to re-enter the country because he has a 'new job' or something like that? It seems odd to me.
Steve Jones
7 Posted 10/08/2014 at 21:57:28
Hi Mike #6 , I assumed it was because Atsu is Ghanain, so will need a European Union work permit, Paris is as good as anywhere to get one. Maybe they work quicker or more likely a little more "flexible" than the UK?

In any case, we need the added quality as soon as possible, I am not impressed by the energy or pace so far during preseason , maybe this lad will provide it.

Derek Knox
8 Posted 10/08/2014 at 21:58:00

Think he left his toothbrush there, after a night out .:-)

At last some goodish news, why is it every transfer seems to take forever to get over the line?

Don't know about these guarantees about how many games he will play, from what I've seen up to now, he should,if as good as we think he is, will play each and every one.

Wouldn't surprise me if they haven't included a clause, to make him permanent if a success.

Brent Stephens
9 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:11:35
Dan #2, I thought on another post you were suggested Gibson and Besic but not Barry McCarthy - or was that somebody else? My thought is that McCarthy offers so much he has to play, and you have him included. I just wonder though if Roberto ses Barry as the man to pick the ball up from the back line and build from there - he drops so deep into that hole in defence once we have the ball, to start things going forward. In which case, Barry, McCarthy and Besic???
Bob Hannigan
10 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:17:46
If he was available to lay for Chelsea why wouldn't he have the same work permit for Everton?
Mike McLoughlin
11 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:03:26
I am with Mike 6 . If he already plays for Chelsea why the work permit for Everton
Mark Frere
12 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:25:52
So you're thinking 4-3-3 then, Brent?
Trevor Lynes
13 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:25:15
Yes I also cannot understand why the lad needs a work permit if he already works in England.

I donÂ’t think other foreign workers need to apply for work permits when they change jobs unless it is because Ghana is not in the European union.

Colin Glassar
14 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:25:11
He has a work permit to play for Chelsea, he will now need one to play for us. Home office rules (as in regulations not.......well, you know what I mean).
Nigel Gregson
15 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:30:03
welcome the the UK fellas. Thank your lucky star you have never had to deal with the home office for a work visa.
David Midgley
16 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:22:25
Chelsea own him but I don't think he's played for them.
When they bought him they put out on loan straight away so he possibly doesn't have a permit.
I would have thought that it would have been one of our first questions.

You go for a driving job. "Have you got a licence?"
He's an African national. " Have you got a permit?"

Brent Stephens
17 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:32:34
I am, Mark. Just a hunch.
Derek Knox
18 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:35:05
David# 16

Maybe he has an African Driving Licence.

He wasn't sure if he would be guaranteed a game.

Harold Matthews
19 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:42:52
Sounds good to me although I can't see anything revolutionary with the starting line-up.
Tom Bowers
20 Posted 10/08/2014 at 22:49:18
It goes without saying that the Blues could do with some new blood especially younger players as some of the older players seem to be getting past their best and cannot seem to sustain their pace for the best part of the game or else they get a slight knock which slows them down.

Along with the youngsters beginning to emerge, the introduction of Atsu and maybe Henen could be a big boost and can only serve to keep the incumbants in certain positions on their toes.

Consistency, especially in the midfield department is the key to any successful side and one hopes that Barklay in particular as an attacking player can really step it up a notch this season because we all know he has a superb eye for goal.

James Stewart
21 Posted 10/08/2014 at 23:06:10
Needs to sign him. Pienaar is in decline and McGeady is, well, McGeady. Erratic.
Bob Hannigan
22 Posted 11/08/2014 at 01:15:13
A work permit? Ha! In the US of A these days you don't need " no stinkin' work permits" or any other type of documentation. How do you spell open borders?
O.K., O.K., I won't get into that, not the time or place.
Matt Traynor
23 Posted 11/08/2014 at 04:18:24
I think, like half of the Chelsea purchases, Atsu has never been close to the 1st team so they never bothered applying for a work permit.

Bear in mind, before they mugged us for 㿅m+ for Lukaku, he'd played a total of 15 games in 3 years for them, and not once hitting the net. (I'm not saying Lukaku's not worth it, but Chelsea use this as a way of softening the impact of FFP. They banked about 㾶m in loan fees on Lukaku, plus potentially 㾶m more than they paid in transfer fees).

Tony Draper
24 Posted 11/08/2014 at 06:13:49
The work permit issue relates to Atsu's present eligibility and not his eligibility at the time he registered for Chelsea. This would be triggered by some "change in circumstances" regulation eg moving to Everton from Chelsea.
As a non-EU worker he would need to be able to prove that he currently fulfills all required criteria otherwise he could be seen as potentially restricting/depriving EU citizens from their employment opportunities.
Peter Barry
25 Posted 11/08/2014 at 06:40:54
Bob Hannigan # 22 A country without borders is not a country, a country that does not enforce its borders has no Government.
Phil Walling
26 Posted 11/08/2014 at 08:28:07
Being built up as a world beater when, in fact, he's a kid very much on the outside at Chelsea. There's dozens of them !

I suspect he wont trouble our present wide players unduly.

Tony Farrell
27 Posted 11/08/2014 at 08:34:01
Why havenÂ’t we sorted this problem out before now? We’ve shown interest in this lad for some weeks now. Surely the work permit issue would have cropped up? Seems like there’s always a problem with us and transfers.

As for Chelsea wanting him to have lots of playing time, he will have plenty if we do well in Europe. Come on, Blues, get him on board – pace is definitely in short supply.

Raymond Fox
28 Posted 11/08/2014 at 09:29:58
What's that song Phil, always look on the bright side!
Sam Higgins
29 Posted 11/08/2014 at 09:59:11
A footballer getting a work permit because he is signing for Everton always reminds of that scene in Love Actually when Alan Rickman is buying the necklace for his bit on the side from Rowan Atkinson. Â’Just one more thing, SirÂ’.
Al Reddish
30 Posted 11/08/2014 at 10:02:05
Judging by McGeady's 'possession losing' performances and Pienaar's 'let's slow every attack down' performances, I suspect he could walk straight into the team!
Phil Walling
31 Posted 11/08/2014 at 10:23:16
Now who is being pessimistic?
Tony J Williams
32 Posted 11/08/2014 at 11:06:55
I am pretty much leaning towards Phil's comments, as we haven't really had a chance to see what the lad can do.

Also he is going to be missing for about a month in January too.

Derek Knox
33 Posted 11/08/2014 at 11:27:35
To all those fellow TW'ers who are doubting this lad's abilities, I take it that you never watched the World Cup recently.

He played for Ghana, while I can't be sure, if he played every minute of every game, he certainly played a role.

Personally speaking, I thought one of the best games I watched, was Germany(eventual winners) V Ghana, where the African side came so close to causing an upset. Atsu played in that game and was outstanding.

One of the other games I thought was good, Argentina V Bosnia Herzegovenia, the Bosnians, again so close to causing an upset, but for the brilliance of Messi. Another coincidence perhaps, but we ended up with their star player on the day, Mo Besic.

Things are not as bad as you may think, I just hope the lad is used more than we used Deulofeu, which I felt should have had more game time.

Tony J Williams
34 Posted 11/08/2014 at 12:30:02
Was that the same Ghana team that for its first time failed to get past the group stages?
Denis Richardson
35 Posted 11/08/2014 at 13:11:50
Great news if true.

Re the work permit. These are not transferable. His current one for Chelsea cannot be transferred to us. However given he was at the WC getting a new one should not be an issue.

Then again, this is Everton and we hate doing things easily...

Bobby Angwin
37 Posted 11/08/2014 at 13:49:04
Lukaku up front with Barkley, Mirallas and Atsu behind sounds very exciting in my mind. If theyÂ’re all on top form at the same time, top 4 is very realistic.
Harold Matthews
38 Posted 11/08/2014 at 14:17:32
The thing which first attracted me to this lad was his determined, battling attitude. A little pitbull with quick feet. Just when he appears to have lost the ball, out will come a quick little foot and he's got it again. He will also belt balls across to Lukaku who will hopefully get himself into the box with Mirallas and Ross close by.
Christopher Wallace
39 Posted 11/08/2014 at 14:28:21
Tony, some of us have seen him play in Portugal, Holland and Ghana and like what we see. He will definitely add a new dimension to our attack.

Also, I don't understand your response to Derek. Wales and Sweden didn't even make the group stages... does that make Bale, Ramsey and Zlatan shit?

The game Derek mentioned was a great, open, attacking game. Ghana should probably have won that one and Atsu was their standout player - he tortured Howedes and left him for dead about 7 or 8 times.

He may suffer from inconsistency, which is par for the course with wingers... There are very few consistent ones out there and they would cost in excess of 㿊m.

I think this is a great move, particularly if we get an option to buy.

Gavin Ramejkis
40 Posted 11/08/2014 at 15:49:57
As a Germany fan I can wholeheartedly acknowledge those above describing the Ghana vs Germany game, this was the one match during the World Cup where Germany were really pushed.

Give the lad a chance, he can't possibly worse than the tired and ageing Pienaar and the awful unless its passing straight to the opposition McGeady

Denis Richardson
41 Posted 11/08/2014 at 17:39:17
Really surprised there are some negative comments on this thread. We don't sign someone and people complain, then we do and some people still complain....

The club has nothing to lose with this signing, if the guys plays great then......great. If not then he goes back to Chelsea. By all accounts he'll be the quickest player at the club and given he's better than Pienaar, McGeady, Naismtith and Osman out wide, it can only be a good thing to bring him in.

All in all, I think Chelsea will regret letting him come to us this season, just like Lukaku last season. I hope there is an option to buy him come next year (or even January).

Paul Thompson
42 Posted 11/08/2014 at 17:58:56
He is a more or less straight replacement for Del and has some of the same strengths and weaknesses - speed, quick footwork, somewhat dodgy end product. I suspect that at the start he will be used in the same way - as an impact sub. We need him and he has something to prove, so I'm mildly optimistic.
Derek Knox
43 Posted 11/08/2014 at 19:02:00
Paul# 42

Like Harold alluded to before, he does possess similar skills to Del, with his speed trickery etc. but also possesses something that Del was lacking a bit, and in that I mean team play.

He will also track back, and if he loses the ball, he will try harder than Del to get it back, and as Harold also said he often succeeds with his tenacity and quick thinking.

Phil Walling
44 Posted 11/08/2014 at 19:20:33
If he played all these games in the World Cup, he'll be knackered. Apparently, the body needs week to recover from such exertions so don't expect to get sight of him until October !
Derek Knox
45 Posted 11/08/2014 at 19:28:24
Phil# 44

Any more good news Phil ?

Harold Matthews
46 Posted 11/08/2014 at 20:25:25
Derek. Thanks mate. That's the word. Tenacity.
Darren Hind
47 Posted 11/08/2014 at 20:26:12
As Denis says

The club has nothing to lose with this signing,

I have to say though, I am completely mystified by the recent criticism of Pienaar; last season wasnt his best, but he was plagued with injury.

His partnership with Baines may have been forged under TGT, but it has been a source of great joy for the purist among the faithful... Baines didn't get near his best last season either. Wonder why?

More to come from these two.

Harold Matthews
48 Posted 11/08/2014 at 20:33:52
Unfortunately Derek, according to several experienced professionals, Phil might well be right. Let's hope his youth aids his recovery time.
Tony Abrahams
49 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:24:43
Have to agree Darren. Steven Pienaar is a cracking little footballer who shouldnÂ’t be written off just yet.
Christopher Wallace
50 Posted 11/08/2014 at 23:02:02
Agreed Tony. Would like to see him in a playmaker role where he can link up with more players.
Harold Matthews
51 Posted 11/08/2014 at 23:28:28
No Tony. Roberto will not write him off just yet. His legs are not the legs of two or three years ago but he never hides and his little quick triangles with Baines, Osman, Barry and Ross can rip teams apart. OK, he'll always stop and turn back but that's the manager's problem. If he doesn't like it, he can always shove someone else on.
Jimmy Scales
52 Posted 12/08/2014 at 04:37:17
I actually expect a big season this year from Pienaar. I think he will be rotated (if we get Atsu, or someone similar) and it will benefit him in the long run. We all know that he is probably not going to finish many games but I fully expect Pienaar to have a great season.
Ryan Rosenberg
53 Posted 12/08/2014 at 06:54:12
Martinez has confirmed Atsu has signed
Trevor Lynes
54 Posted 13/08/2014 at 22:16:47
When Arteta was out injured Pienaar rose to the occasion and absolutely shone for us. He never gave less than 100% and dove tailed brilliantly with Baines as our best (only) attacking threat at that time.

Like others I believe Pienaar will have another fine season if used sparingly. He was the most fouled player in the premier league and that alone must take its toll over the years.

Atsu will be a very exciting addition and will need two defenders to control him which should leave gaps for others to exploit.

Besic in midfield and Atsu with Mirallas each providing threat down BOTH flanks I see more goals for us this season.

Barkley needs to score more often if he is to fulfil his budding potential. Lukaku should get more ammunition from both wingers and midfield areas so I can envisage a decent season for him too.

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