The 22 year-old was an un-used sub by Roberto Martinez but he will be hoping for game time with his country in the Africa Cup of Nations now that he is fit again.
Atsu strained his hamstring early in the home game against FK Krasnodar last month, an occasion he was hoping to use to press his first-team claims at Goodison Park.
He has asked for more time to regain full fitness and therefore won't travel to Accra to link up with his compatriots but will join them in Spain instead where they will be based until 15th January before flying to host nation Equatorial Guinea.
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1 Posted 02/01/2015 at 07:42:19
2 Posted 02/01/2015 at 08:05:14
3 Posted 02/01/2015 at 08:07:03
4 Posted 02/01/2015 at 08:53:06
5 Posted 02/01/2015 at 09:15:54
6 Posted 02/01/2015 at 09:19:40
7 Posted 02/01/2015 at 09:25:55
8 Posted 02/01/2015 at 09:40:01
The fact we spent so much money and this season we have been playing Barkley or Naismith again on the flanks is desperately disappointing.
We could have tried to sign a one proven wide player in the Premier League with that cash but instead we get Atsu, a lad who has never played for Chelsea in the league for obvious reason's and McGeady who's level should be back in Scotland with Celtic.
9 Posted 02/01/2015 at 10:27:07
Now Atsu is proving he is not ready for the prem it's all Martinez's fault and he's rubbish in the transfer market.
10 Posted 02/01/2015 at 09:39:05
11 Posted 02/01/2015 at 10:52:39
I don't really know who or why people thought Atsu was going to be a great signing at the time.
Maybe we could see the appeal of a so-called pacy wide player on loan and there was a big spread in the Echo about him being a far mire complete player than Deulofeu, but let's be brutally honest, Atsu has not had anywhere neat the impact than Deulofeu had.
Atsu we have seem is not up to the Premier League level, at his age he's hardly likely to be any better now either, he will go to a league more suited to his strength.
I said at the time we could have attempted to get Routledge, Nathan Dyer or Bolasie.
Each of which all more than useful players, each of which nay all have their flaws but they are all better options than we have had out wide this season.
We won't get Bolasie now but I'd like to think one of the others would still be attainable.
12 Posted 02/01/2015 at 11:18:50
13 Posted 02/01/2015 at 11:28:50
Getting shafted by Mourhino over Lukaku was bad enough but Atsu? Christ on a bike....
14 Posted 02/01/2015 at 11:32:08
Having said that there is no point taking a player on loan if you are not going to use them. Its a waste of a loan. Last year we had Barry and Lukaku and they were used all the time when available. Deulofeu not so much but had a promising run of games before getting injured. He was a bit infuriating at times but showed promise with some of his crosses . Pity no one on the end of them!
15 Posted 02/01/2015 at 11:41:04
16 Posted 02/01/2015 at 11:51:31
You could even add the insane pursuit of David Henen to that list (remember him guys!) doesn't matter if you don't because we signed a the lad on loan for a year just to play reserve football before he leaves again for Olympiakos.
You could even add the incredible THREE YEAR DEAL that we handed out to Barry coupled with the fee we paid to take him, that despite just paying 4 million pound weeks earlier for a defensive midfielder named Muhammed Besic..
17 Posted 02/01/2015 at 12:02:46
However, right now the only name I want to see is a replacement manager!
60 years supporting EFC through good and bad and at times the bad has been pretty horrendous but we have always pulled through! However, this time it has a sense of the inevitable about it and I am constantly on TW trying to rid myself of the frustration!
18 Posted 02/01/2015 at 12:31:26
I think if Martinez leaves I'd like to see either someone who has really made a name for himself abroad in a top league or somebody who is used to the Premier League and what's required in English football.
I'd love Jurgen Klopp but we can forget that, I believe he's Wenger's ready made replacement in the summer.
I often wonder in hindsight hoe that Ralf Rangnick would have fared with his "autobahn football" apparently he blew Kenwright away, although I doubt it takes much to do that.
Or Victor Pereira? The bloke we spoke to at Porto.
Of course it's all hindsight, and Martinez is still here but I suppose things must change if we don't improve, the question is, if we do go down or finish 16th this season what do we do then?
We won't be much of a attractive proposition to many top managers then, we'd be looking at the likes of Mark Hughes, although to be fair he knows the British game.
We surely couldn't stick with the same managerial staff and group of players though that's for sure.
19 Posted 02/01/2015 at 12:55:42
20 Posted 02/01/2015 at 13:39:21
Who knows what happened to Garbutt yesterday, who knows why Martinez opted for Barry at centre half rather than give Browning a go. Was Browning injured?
It was all the more baffling with McCarthy being out because Martinez has continually told us of Gareth Barry's steadying influence in holding midfield (not anymore for me but then I'm not our manager)
To put Barry in the centre of defence next to Jags and Alcaraz was insane, not one of them has a turn of foot and can run hardly these days, Jaguar fared the best of a bad sorry bunch that Hernandez and Jelavic totally ran ragged.
21 Posted 02/01/2015 at 13:46:42
22 Posted 02/01/2015 at 15:13:37
RM is learning his trade at EFC - so in that respect I am in full agreement that we need somebody who has got the CV to go with this great club of ours.
However, I am so concerned about the state of play at this moment in time I would be happy with a Mark Hughes type of manager who can get rid of this playing about at the back inviting pressure onto a defence completely incapable of playing this type of football. Anybody who can recognise we are falling like a brick and the change is required without delay to a system which suits the players are our disposal.
23 Posted 02/01/2015 at 15:59:37
To be honest I just want to see Everton get back to what we used to be pretty good at, Sid foundation at the back and look something like a decent team going forward.
This season, it's not like Martinez has even turned us into a great attacking side, our attack is so pedestrian and slow, we can't even say we are conceding goals but winning the odd game 4-2 to get us out of jail.
Our attack has been almost as tepid as our defending.
I want to see a manager that will see what's available at his disposal and start getting the best out of this bunch, get them playing with gusto, with tempo and finally but most importantly a bit of bloody passion.
Mark Hughes, Tony Pulis, Jurgen Klopp, bandy as many names as we want but as a fan I just want to see a Everton team showing the same hunger and desire that I have seen from the likes of Burnley lately, that's a start.
24 Posted 02/01/2015 at 16:10:05
25 Posted 02/01/2015 at 17:03:35
26 Posted 02/01/2015 at 17:14:43
Nobody apart from Evertonians thinks about us in that vain any more so when you talk about managers like Klopp coming to Everton, that's pure fantasy.
Mark Hughes? Really? Mediocre at best.
Pulis just joined West Brom by the way.
We're stuck with the Spanish clown Â– BK won't sack him because he doesn't have the balls and he'll look like an idiot if he has to fire him Â– Bill has signed up for the Martinez mantra and that's that.
27 Posted 02/01/2015 at 17:24:20
We just need to find one now, today - please!
29 Posted 02/01/2015 at 18:05:37
30 Posted 02/01/2015 at 21:55:37
Jim Bennings #18 Â— Klopp? Rangnick? Pereira?Mark Hughes??? How about Hickey the Firebobby?
31 Posted 02/01/2015 at 22:28:19
But if things don't improve by, say, March, Martin O'Neill is the man...
32 Posted 02/01/2015 at 22:25:28
But....no....Roberto wants to take his time even tho we have been playing like dead men walking all season, with no spark, no guile, not an ounce of real creativity. What is the point of loan deals when your "unsure" that the guy can make a difference? Deulofeu did show something even if it was only in flashes but he got a chance earlier and yes he was injured as well but truth is he had impact from the bench. Traore was another nonsense....we loaned him when he was clearly injured and it had to be a massive gamble in the Jan window. Martinez isn't getting it all wrong, McCarthy is worth every penny of 13m when fit but even that deal is starting to look dodgy given the serious injury problem the lad obviously has.....
It's a mess but sadly it is just a reflection on a preseason gone horribly wrong and a transfer strategy dominated by spending 㿈m on one guy when whatever the merits of that deal we were a club with a squad desperately in need of three quality players for that 㿈m. We needed depth and have paid the price for RL's arrival ever since.
33 Posted 02/01/2015 at 23:06:23
34 Posted 02/01/2015 at 23:33:17
Time to act Billy for the club not your fucking ego. Also the money spent on Lukaku 㿈m for a striker (joke) that canÂt trap a ball and his second touch is a tackle. We are being taken for mugs folks enough is enough.
35 Posted 03/01/2015 at 01:07:06
Who should our next manager be then mate?
If you read my mail thoroughly it was Kenwright who interviewed Rangnick, I'd never even heard of the fella.
37 Posted 03/01/2015 at 09:30:04
38 Posted 03/01/2015 at 19:26:40
Who'd be in the trenches with you lot. So RM's made some mistakes; but for fuck sake; give him until the seasons end.
This is the same guy who achieved our highest points total ever in the Premier league and I'd be happy to stake anyone that we won't be relegated.
39 Posted 03/01/2015 at 19:37:54
Being confident we wonÂt get relegated - youÂve lowered your expectations I take it?
The point is would you be happy to stake anyone that weÂll make Europe via the league? They were the expectations for this season and the previous 10.
ThatÂs the issue.
Regarding the trench analogy, EFC are cannon fodder at the moment donÂt you think?
40 Posted 04/01/2015 at 17:12:29
The money wasted is out of order! The most worrying aspect is the team lacks pace and width with awful performances and still never got chance! The chairman must be a little worried whether to give the manager money. Does he understand the financial situation at the club. If Barkley is sold for 㿔 million plus, can we trust the manager with it?
I thought the manager might sign a few gems from Europe on the cheap, how wrong I was. Started to think he manages our club like I play Championship Manager!
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