Newcastle United attacker reflects on spell out of team

Christian Atsu has admitted that he must do better – after returning to the starting XI.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 11:50 am

Atsu was recalled for Newcastle United’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend with Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron unavailable through injuries.

“I’m very happy to be back in the team,” said Atsu. “I haven’t had too many opportunities, but now I just need to keep going. This wasn’t the best game for me, but I’m looking forward to the games that are coming up now.”

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Christian Atsu.
Christian Atsu.

Steve Bruce, United’s head coach, switched striker Joelinton to the left and Atsu lined up on the right. Andy Carroll led the line.

“We have attacking players that can play in different positions, and that’s good for us,” said 27-year-old Atsu.

“We have had a lot of injuries, but when you have players that can play in a different positions, especially up front, it makes it easier to cope if other players are missing. I think we have this kind of players. We can all do different jobs, and that is very good for us.”

Joelinton – who has only scored one goals since his £40million summer move from Hoffenheim – has experience of playing out wide from his time in Germany.

“I believe when he was in Germany, he was playing in that position,” said Atsu. “I definitely think he can play there. He’s getting used to the Premier League.”