By Harvey Byrne
Christian Atsu started on the wing for Newcastle against Cardiff on Saturday, getting on the score sheet in the process – and fans on Twitter were delighted with what they saw from him.
The 24-year-old pacey attacker replaced Matt Ritchie in the line-up at St James’ Park, with the Scotland international suspended from the clash.
Atsu took his chance well and opened the scoring within the first five minutes as Newcastle ran out 2-1 winners with Yoan Gouffran also bagging to cancel out a Peter Whittingham goal.
Fans were left hailing the on-loan man’s display on social media with many claiming the club need to make it a permanent one in the summer.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Not surprised Atsu never got a chance at Chelsea as they're not known for giving fair opportunities but his loan clubs missed out #nufc
— Ross Lindsay (@RossLindsay22) November 5, 2016
— Tom Gargett (@TomGargett) November 5, 2016
First bit of summer business Rafa needs to do is sign Atsu on a permanent deal!#NUFC
— Luke S (@LukeS1991) November 5, 2016
We need to buy Atsu at the end of the season. He's easily premier league quality. #NUFC ⚫️⚪️
— NUFC Network (@NUFC_Network) November 5, 2016
Love atsu get him permanently in January #nufc
— tom (@tom1jardine) November 5, 2016
Atsu is starting to look like a bit of an inspired loan signing! He certainly remains a rough diamond, but there's a player in there. #NUFC
— David O'Neill (@DavieONeill) November 5, 2016
Atsu made the switch to the north east from Chelsea, joining on an initial loan deal.
He has made 11 appearances for Rafa Benitez’ high flyers with a return of two goals.
His performance on Saturday has helped Newcastle to maintain their dominance over the rest of the Championship.
The Toon are now sat six points clear at the top of the league with Brighton their nearest competitors, who play in the evening kick off against Bristol City.
They will travel to face fellow Championship giants Leeds after the international break in what is set to be an enthralling encounter with Elland Road sold out.
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