Christian Atsu joins Everton on a season-long loan deal

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Christian Atsu's loan move to Everton has been confirmed by parent club Chelsea, with the Ghanaian winger becoming the second player allowed to make the switch to Goodison Park this summer.

Powerful striker Romelu Lukaku - who himself spent the entire 2013/14 campaign on loan on Merseyside - joined the Toffees permanently in a club-record deal worth £28 million last month, while Atsu joins on a temporary basis for the season.

Good opportunity

For 22-year-old Atsu, such a switch represents the opportunity to test himself regularly at the highest level and prove to Jose Mourinho that he has the skills necessary to flourish at Stamford Bridge.

Having joined Chelsea from Primeira Liga outfit FC Porto last summer, Atsu - who featured in all of Ghana's group games at the recent World Cup in Brazil - followed in the footsteps of many of the club's promising youngsters and almost immediately joined Vitesse Arnhem.

Having scored five goals in 28 appearances at GelreDome, it appeared that Chelsea were keen for Atsu to further learn his trade in the fast and often furious world of English football.

Given Mourinho's wealth of resources in the midfield areas at present, he - like so many of Chelsea's younger talents - stood very little chance of featuring with any sort of regularity for his parent club, so a loan move is obviously the best fit for all concerned.

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More than a loan?

As was proven by Lukaku's successful first stint at Everton, Roberto Martinez is more than willing to give young players the opportunity to play regularly at Premier League level.

A hugely likeable character, former Swansea and Wigan boss Martinez - who guided his team to a fifth-placed finish after succeeding David Moyes last June - obviously has the full trust of his squad and it is incredibly rare that you hear any negative comments about the Spaniard from players who have worked under him, such is the popularity that he seems to enjoy.

While Chelsea fans will presumably be hoping that Atsu can impress at Goodison Park and return to West London ready to compete for a starting berth, there certainly exists the possibility that he could follow Lukaku in wanting to link-up with Martinez on a full-time basis.

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