Christian Atsu has sent a brilliant message to Newcastle fans ahead of the new season, saying that everyone will see a ‘big difference’ in him over the next few months – with him vowing to score more goals, create more assists and become more consistent.
It’s a brutal but brilliant interview from Atsu, with the Ghanaian even admitting that he’s been ‘average’ since arriving at the club two years ago.
He missed the back end of last season with a knee problem (that ended up requiring surgery) and has since made a full recovery over the summer – and he now sounds as determined as ever to show fans and Rafa Benitez just what he’s capable of doing.
Here’s his impressive interview ahead of our pre-season clash with Braga on Wednesday night, insisting that fans will see a ‘big difference’ in him soon enough:
“This season I will be more effective, score more goals and give more assists.
“This is what I believe.
“Honestly the fans will see a big difference from last season.”
Atsu then admitted that he must be more consistent, saying he will not allow his standards to slip over the coming season after being ‘average’ so far during his time with the club:
“I think I’ve been average, to be honest,”
“I have to be more consistent this season. I need to work hard to score more goals and to assist more.
“I have a target in mind but I will keep it to myself. But I have to reach my target this season and I believe I’m going to. I believe I will score more goals than I have in the previous two seasons.
“It’s a big challenge for me. You see a lot of players, me included, who will play well in one game but not the next. This season I’m not going to allow this to happen.”
Finally, the former Porto talent discussed the work he’s been putting in over the summer to make sure he’s in the best shape possible ahead of the new season:
“I’m very happy during pre-season because I can feel the work I was doing last season and during the summer paying off now I have joined up with the team,”
“I did a lot of work during the summer. I had ten days off and then I came back to work in the gym in Newcastle with one of our physios. I stayed in Newcastle during the off-season.”
This is great to hear – with The Chronicle’s piece also insisting that he will NOT be going to Huddersfield despite claims they had shown an interest last night.
Atsu has a long way to go and time will tell if he’s really going to take his game to the next level, but this is a player who was a big talent at Porto, being signed up by Chelsea’s talent spotters back in 2013.
One to watch going into the new season.
Good luck to him!