Christian Atsu can’t do anything right in a Newcastle shirt at the moment.
The Ghanaian came into the starting XI in place of Allan Saint-Maximin, but failed to take the opportunity handed to him.
Atsu seemed to go through the motions, failing to apply himself on a tough night for Newcastle. He didn’t press the opposition, and he failed to use the ball on the rare occasions he got it.
The 28-year-old was hooked after 62 minutes, replaced by Emil Krafth. That substitution just said it all…
The only time Atsu has looked threatening in recent weeks was against Rochdale in the FA Cup. Maybe League One is just his level, but it’s abundantly clear that he’s nowhere near Premier League standard.
Newcastle need to add another winger before the January transfer window ends. Whether it’s Jarrod Bowen or Valentino Lazaro, we can’t continue with Atsu as the alternative to our two main men out wide.
The Magpies got away with it against Everton thanks to two late goals from Florian Lejeune, but the result shouldn’t distract from the woeful performance.
Atsu was by far the worst player in black and white, and that’s saying something.
End of the road for Atsu?
Longstaff brothers offer no movement in that midfield, joelinton no movement up top, atsu belongs in league 1 #NUFC
— Nathan Bullock (@NathanBullock15) January 21, 2020
Christian Atsu is absolutely woeful, seen him play good twice and that was both against League 1 Rochdale #NUFC
— Sam (@Sam_Halliday1) January 21, 2020
I’m not one to criticise players but Atsu gets worse every time I see him play. We have been so poor tonight tho. Could play all night and not get near the goal #NUFC
— aDaM T (@Tiley11) January 21, 2020
— ToonFan (@ToonFan17) January 21, 2020
Imagine how bad Atsu is when Emile Krafth is the upgrade. Atsu a great example of a player who #nufc should have moved on after promotion if Ashley had any ambition . Nowhere near PL quality.
— oldramma (@ramsey_ian) January 21, 2020
NEVER WANT TO SEE ATSU PLAY ANOTHER GAME FOR #NUFC
— keegan (@KeeganNufc09) January 21, 2020
— Eisha Acton (@eisha_acton) January 21, 2020