Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is being tipped to make an impact on loan at Everton for the remainder of the campaign.
The 23-year-old moved to Goodison Park in the summer on a season-long loan, but has only made nine appearances for the Toffees thus far. Five of those have come off the substitutes bench.
Player of the Tournament
However, Atsu found top form in Equatorial Guinea during the African Cup of Nations, being named Player of the Tournament and scoring the Goal of the Tournament as Ghana made it all the way to the final.
Avram Grant's side fell short in the final to the Ivory Coast, but it was a great tournament individually for Atsu, and the Chelsea-man could now have an even greater impact on Merseyside.
“We are very pleased for Christian and we were looking forward to having him back,” said Everton boss Roberto Martinez, according to the Liverpool Echo.
“I think now, with the games that he has had, the signs are very positive that he can come in, compete for his place and help the team. Christian is a very important player for us to have at this stage of the season.”
Everton could certainly use some improved domestic performances from Atsu, as they currently find themselves 12th in the Premier League table. They are five points from safety at this point.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are seven points clear at the top of the table and seemingly cruising to the Premier League title. And, it's hard to see where Atsu fits into the picture at the moment.
Jose Mourinho signed Juan Cuadrado for a significant amount of money in the January transfer window, and the Colombian international has already made two appearances in recent matches.
If he finds form at Stamford Bridge, then there is little room for Atsu in the team. Mourinho favours a 4-2-3-1 formation and has plenty of options with the likes of Cuadrado, Willian, Eden Hazard and Oscar all vying for opportunities.
Make a statement
That said, Atsu couldn't have done any more at AFCON, and if he subsequently makes an impact in the Premier League, then it would be hard for the manager of his parent club to ignore him.
Mourinho did turn a blind eye to Romelu Lukaku's fine performances for the Toffees last season though, and the harsh reality is that Atsu won't ever get into first team reckoning at Chelsea.
What do you think Chelsea fans - would you want Atsu back at Stamford Bridge next season?
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