The former Sunderland striker recovered in time from a mild bout of Malaria to bag the all-important goal that puts the Black Stars back in the mix in Group C after they lost their opener to Senegal.
Atsu played the full 90 minutes and was rated as man of the match by statistics website, WhoScored.com, for his overall contribution.
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1 Posted 23/01/2015 at 18:23:45
Does his MoM performance make a statement about the player or coaching at FF?
2 Posted 23/01/2015 at 19:17:46
He's been lively when he has come on for us (often in difficult circumstances) but had a habit of giving the ball away far too often and lacked end product. So a bit like McGeady... For a PL player he's very small, too, which doesn't help.
If he's ours until the summer we have nothing to lose so I'd like to see him get a few more chances, because he is one of the few players who will provide natural width and run at people. But I sense many Blues have already written him off.
3 Posted 23/01/2015 at 19:29:36
Strange that Martinez brought in Atsu as a pacy tricky winger but has ended up playing etoo, Barkley and Naismith out wide rather than give him a run.
4 Posted 23/01/2015 at 19:29:00
However I can't help but think that coaching at FF has a lot to answer for and I suppose my feelings toward this manager colours my thinking.
I would probably blame him right now if the half time tea was cold!
5 Posted 23/01/2015 at 19:41:07
6 Posted 23/01/2015 at 19:58:51
7 Posted 23/01/2015 at 20:11:31
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9 Posted 23/01/2015 at 23:13:18
Then again it could come down to the extra pride of playing for ones country's colors but what happened to......
10 Posted 23/01/2015 at 23:31:52
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12 Posted 24/01/2015 at 00:49:05
13 Posted 24/01/2015 at 14:14:32
Since I mentioned Pienaar, I wonder if he fully fit could make any changes to our approach in our attack. The squad probably have missed him and Ossie, but what do I know? Let's hope Atsu can cut it when Eto'o is gone, as he will get a slightly bigger chance to play... or that we bring in a proper winger.
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