Head coach of English Premier League (EPL) side Newcastle United, Steve Bruce, has told Ghanaian and Black Stars winger Christian Atsu to look for a new club if they are in search of more playing time.
The former FC Porto midfielder joined the Sports Direct Arena side in 2017 from Chelsea on a reported €7.5m deal.
However, the 28-year-old has seen his playing time cut short due to recurring injuries – especially making 19 appearance last season with only six starts.
“I like Christian [Atsu] – the same goes for [Yoshinori] Muto – trains every day, works tirelessly, [and is] a good professional,” Bruce told the BBC Newcastle on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers.
“But in a situation where, are they going to play enough? There has to come a time when they go and play football.
“The same goes for [Henri] Saivet. Henri has been around the place since I’ve been here. We try to treat him with respect and he trains every day and is a good pro.
“Saivet, Atsu, Muto, [Achraf] Lazaar, [Rolando] Aarons – they need to find a home and try to progress their careers again.”
Atsu was left out of Newcastle’s opening EPL away game to West Ham United matchday squad on Saturday as they won 0-2.
He will be looking to make an appearance as the Magpies face Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening.
By: Kofi Amoah