Chelsea are set to announce the departure of Christian Atsu on loan today, with Goodison Park to be his destination for the entirety of this campaign.
According to the Daily Mail, the Ghanaian World Cup star has been promised game-time under Roberto Martinez, which was enough to see him agree to make the temporary switch to Merseyside. The young winger has been tipped for a bright future, but the abundance of attacking talent already established at Chelsea means that his first-team opportunities have thus far amounted to virtually nothing.
Having joined the Blues in 2013 from Porto, Atsu was immediately shipped out to the Eredivisie to continue his development, and he excelled at Vitesse Arnhem last term. Now though it’s time for a sterner test, and competing in the Premier League week in week out, as well as having the chance to play in the Europa Ligue, will most certainly provide a stiff challenge.
Atsu at Chelsea
Though he has yet to play a single competitive game for Chelsea there’s plenty of reasons to believe that he could earn his chance whilst at Everton. Thibaut Courtois’ incredibly successful spell at Atletico Madrid has proven that Jose Mourinho is willing to recall players if they impress him, and coincidentally it’s by spending the season assisting another former Stamford Bridge loanee, Romelu Lukaku, that Atsu could earn his Chelsea stripes.
Whilst Lukaku never managed to do that there will be high hopes that his former team-mate can, particularly on the back of his eye-catching displays at the World Cup.
The resurgence at Everton
What’s more, Everton fans will no doubt be looking forward to seeing him tearing down either flank in their strip. Martinez and Co. are hoping to build on the surprise success of last campaign with another strong showing, and they’ve been significantly bolstered in recent weeks with the likes of Ross Barkley and John Stones committing their long-term futures to the club.
Last season The Toffees routinely played attractive football on their way to a fifth-placed finish, and their style should suit someone of Atsu’s ability well. Nevertheless he’ll need to showcase nothing short of a masterpiece over the course of the season if he’s to work his way into Mourinho’s plans, as the Special One can already call upon the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schurrle, Willian, Mohamed Salah and Victor Moses, who all occupy similar roles on the pitch.