The on-loan winger side-footed home the Black Stars' first goal from Andre Ayew's neat backheel, setting them on their way to a comfortable victory.
Kwesi Appiah ran through to make it 2-0 following an error by Baissama Sankoh before Atsu scored the pick of the lot with an audacious effort that flew into the far corner.
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1 Posted 01/02/2015 at 18:52:18
2 Posted 01/02/2015 at 18:55:40
3 Posted 01/02/2015 at 19:01:38
Maybe the goals will give Atsu some confidence but finding time and space in which to make an impact in the Premier League is a completely different ball game.
For whatever reason, African football just never seems to take off like it's promised so many times over the years and it will take performances of far better quality in the Premier League only from Christian Atsu before I'm convinced we have anything like a decent winger on our hands.
4 Posted 01/02/2015 at 19:12:41
5 Posted 01/02/2015 at 19:21:16
6 Posted 01/02/2015 at 19:11:24
He's played okay for what little time he's been on the field without setting the world on fire, I don't have him down as a bad player... poor loan value up to now though!
7 Posted 01/02/2015 at 19:27:51
And while I'm on, offer you a full apology for my cynicism about him. It sounds like he's done really well. Let's hope he can replicate this sort of form for us.
I've got to say I've watched a lot of the highlights from the AFCON and the defending is atrocious at times. In fact, I wet myself laughing at it.
8 Posted 01/02/2015 at 19:59:47
9 Posted 01/02/2015 at 20:13:42
10 Posted 01/02/2015 at 20:23:00
11 Posted 01/02/2015 at 20:35:06
12 Posted 01/02/2015 at 20:30:34
Let's see how he does if he plays a few matches when he returns. However, it does seem a very strange loan deal, with just 15 or 16 games remaining in the league and some in Europe.
Chelsea seem to be in a no-lose situation: if he comes good they get him back, either to loan out again, keep him, or sell him on at a good profit.
13 Posted 01/02/2015 at 20:37:15
They and their parents are lied to. They are promised shiny academies, board and keep, clothes and education etc... only to find if they don't make the grade they are dumped penniless and sometimes without their passports (they are held until their debts are paid off) without any chance to make it home.
Another Blatter legacy he can be proud of.
14 Posted 01/02/2015 at 21:00:44
And yes, I know I didn't include McGeady in our list of wingers. For the simple reason that he is an embarrassment and one of the worst players I have seen play for us. A passenger at best and utterly brainless.
15 Posted 01/02/2015 at 21:24:31
16 Posted 01/02/2015 at 22:51:04
17 Posted 02/02/2015 at 01:31:45
18 Posted 02/02/2015 at 04:49:31
19 Posted 02/02/2015 at 06:17:09
In the early games he frustrated me so much and I gave him stick for it. But he was playing regularly, if only on as a sub, and seemed an exciting prospect. You never knew what he would do next. Might be a glorious cross or a dribble into touch but it was still great to watch. He had a good run of games before Christmas and then got injured.
I would like to be in the same position with Atsu . He arrived with less expectation than Gerard but with a good reputation. He simply has not been given the chance to play on a regular basis. He may not be good enough but it is harsh for us to criticise him on what we have seen of him so far.
Many including myself had a go at Naismith and Robles but they are not too bad....at the moment! I will reserve judgement on Lukaku.
Give Atsu a chance before being critical.
However, it would be good if Martinez just gave him a chance. Otherwise, waste of a loan this year.
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