'No-brainer' - Mick Quinn explains why Newcastle must sign PL speed machine
By Harvey Byrne
Former Newcastle man Mick Quinn believes it is a “no-brainer” that Newcastle bring in Christian Atsu from Chelsea this summer.
The 25-year-old speed machine spent the season on loan at the north east club from the Blues and impressed as he helped Rafa Benitez’ men win promotion to the Premier League.
With his loan deal having now expired it is clear that the Magpies want to bring the Ghanaian back to the club and on Tuesday Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol claimed on his personal Twitter account that Atsu has agreed a four-year deal with the Toon, and will cost Benitez’s side £6.5million.
Newcastle United have agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign winger Christian Atsu for £6.5 million. Atsu will sign a four-year deal.
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) May 16, 2017
Now, Quinn believes this would be a very good first signing for Newcastle and he has told how Atsu can cause problems to Premier League defences with his pace and that he will only get better.
“Signing Christian Atsu is a no-brainer to me,” wrote Quinn in his column for the Chronicle.
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“The winger is a good fit at Newcastle United.
“A couple of months ago I criticised the Ghanaian a little. I said I was impressed with his pace and trickery – but he needed to added goals to his game. That his finishing wasn’t good enough.
“He has done that in recent weeks.
“That free-kick at Cardiff was sublime, and he also scored at an important time against Preston too.
“The thing I like most about Atsu is that he is quick.
“Pace is a dangerous thing, and defenders hate it.
“When he really gets going, the winger is very hard to stop.
“At 25, his best years are still ahead of him and he can get better too.
“That’s one of the things Rafa Benitez will have seen this year.”
Atsu returned five goals and three assists in 32 Championship appearances during his loan move at Newcastle.
He may now be looking for a permanent move away from Chelsea at this stage of his career, having never played for the Blues’ senior team in his four years at the London club.
Meanwhile, Benitez will be looking for players who he feels can help his side survive in England’s top-flight this season.
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