I’ve been critical of Christian Atsu this season, but I could not fault his performance against Wolves on Sunday.
The Ghanaian has been frustrating in the main this season, often failing to use his pace on the ball, looking half asleep off the ball and failing to make any real impact when coming on from the bench, however he has been much better in the last two.
Don’t get me wrong, he didn’t suddenly look like the answer to all of our problems, but he put in a huge shift (both in the way he tracked back and made runs in behind), delivered some good crosses into the box and looked far more lively than we’ve tended to see him be this season.
His final ball is inconsistent, he has a tendency to drift in and out of games and his intensity / effort levels aren’t always there, but there were some positive signs on Sunday. He needs to build on this.
He wasn’t the only player to put in a decent display in fairness.
Lascelles and Yedlin may have had stinkers, but Rondon lead the line very well, Perez silenced a few of his doubters and Clark was out best defender on the day, showing he can still do a job when called upon.