Christian Atsu

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Christian Atsu
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0Full Name Christian Atsu Twasam
0Date of Birth 10 January 1992
0Place of Birth Ada Foah, Ghana
0Position Winger
Forward
0Chelsea career 2013 -
0Debut n/a
0Games (goals) n/a
0Other clubs Porto
Vitesse Arnhem (loan)
Everton (loan)
Bournemouth (loan)
Málaga (loan)

Christian Atsu is a Ghanaian international forward who joined Chelsea from Porto in 2013.

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Before Chelsea

Born in Ada Foah, Ghana, Atsu joined Porto at the age of 17, having begun his career at the Feyernoord academy in Ghana. Though he was briefly involved with the first team squad under André Villas-Boas he was soon loaned to top-flight Portuguese side Rio Ave and would spend the 2011-12 season at the club, featuring regularly. Returning to Porto for the 2012-13 season, he went on to make nine starts and eight substitute appearances over the course of the season, scoring once.

Chelsea career

On 1 September 2013 Chelsea confirmed that Atsu had signed for the club and would spend the season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem. The fee was reported to be £3.5m [1]. He immediately became a first choice starter in a central attacking midfield position, playing alongside Lucas Piazon and displacing Gael Kakuta from the Vitesse side.

He flourished even further in the second half of the campaign as he was given more responsibility in an attacking role and was named Vitesse's Player of the Season. After an impressive World Cup for Ghana, he joined Everton on loan for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

That move, however, did not quite go to plan. Injury, illness and international duty contributed to a succession of struggles in getting regular football, with the Europa League his only real opportunity and that came in a much weakened Everton team. Seeking to put it behind him and take his career to the next level, he agreed to join newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth for the 2015-16 season. Unfortunately, a serious back injury limited him to just two appearances in the League Cup and so in the following January he swapped the English south coast for the Spanish, joining Málaga for the remainder of the campaign. Those same injury problems continued to afflict him but he was able to bookend his stay with a pair of goals.

International

Atsu won his first senior cap for Ghana in a match against Lesotho on 1 June 2012 in which he also scored. He was included in their squad for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was named the Best Player at the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Statistics

Senior Club Football

Season Club League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-14 Vitesse Arnhem (loan) 28 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 5
2013-14 Everton (loan) 5 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 13 0
2015-16 Bournemouth (loan) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2015-16 Málaga (loan) 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
Total 45 7 2 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 57 7

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2015-16 season)

Contract

Atsu's contract expires at the end of the 2017-18 season. [2]

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