On 29th May, Chelsea’s Christian Atsu completed his loan move to Bournemouth FC for a year. The Ghana international first moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2013 for an estimated transfer of 3.5 million pounds.
Having previously played for FC Porto in the Portuguese League, the attacking midfielder has yet to feature for Chelsea. He was on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the 2013-14 season and at Everton in the English Premier League last season.
Unfortunately for him, the Everton loan was a big flop as he could muster only 13 appearances for the Toffees with rumors of a falling out with the Everton manager Roberto Martinez also surfacing. Having already made 40 appearances for his national side, he was also named Player of the Tournament in this year’s African Cup of Nations.
He has now joined Bournemouth, a club that got promoted from Championship to the Premier League in just six seasons. The Cherries, as they are called, play an attacking brand of football using the full width of the pitch with the fullbacks overlapping the wingers. With Atsu being a wide player himself, we can expect to see a lot of his talents, come next season.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes the promoted side has pulled off quite the coup.
“I think he is a player, although he is a younger player, he is a player with outstanding experience when you look at the career he has had. He has had a lot thrown at him – Porto, Vitesse, Chelsea, on the international stage – and he’s done very well on the international stage as well. We are loaning a player of huge potential, again we had to fight off several other Premier League clubs to get him, so we are very pleased. I think he will bring pace and ability to beat a man one-v-one which is very important in the Premier League, so for all those reasons I think he is a great signing for us.” (Source: ESPN)
This loan will certainly tell us whether Atsu is Chelsea quality or just another for-profit player. We wish him all the best and hope that he helps Bournemouth consolidate their place in the world’s best domestic league.
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni
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