Christian Atsu Twasam (born 10 January 1992) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Newcastle United and the Ghanaian national team. He primarily plays as a winger, although he has also been deployed as an attacking midfielder.
Atsu playing for Ghana in March 2015
|Full name||Christian Atsu Twasam|
|Date of birth||10 January 1992|
|Place of birth||Ada Foah, Ghana|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Rio Ave (loan)||27||(6)|
|2013–2014||→ Vitesse (loan)||28||(5)|
|2014–2015||→ Everton (loan)||5||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Bournemouth (loan)||0||(0)|
|2016||→ Málaga (loan)||12||(2)|
|2016–2017||→ Newcastle United (loan)||32||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:03, 15 July 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:05, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
He began his career with Porto, also spending a season on loan at Rio Ave. In 2013, he was signed by Chelsea for £3.5 million, who subsequently loaned him to Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, AFC Bournemouth and Málaga. After spending the 2016–17 season on loan at Newcastle United, he completed a permanent transfer to the club in May 2017.
A full international with over 30 caps since his debut in 2012, Atsu has represented Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He helped the team finish as runners-up at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, in which he also won Player of the Tournament and Goal of the Tournament.
Atsu arrived at Porto at the age of 17, finishing his football formation with the club. On 14 May 2011, he was called up by first-team manager André Villas-Boas for a Primeira Liga match against Marítimo, but he did not leave the bench.
As with teammate Kelvin, Atsu was sent on loan to fellow league side Rio Ave for the 2011–12 season. He made his debut in the competition on 28 August 2011, in a 0–1 home loss against Olhanense. On 16 December 2011, Atsu opened the score at Estádio da Luz against Benfica in the 24th minute, but the hosts eventually won it 5–1.
Loan to VitesseEdit
On 6 October 2013, Atsu made his debut against Feyenoord as a substitute, replacing Kazaishvili in the 77th minute. He went on to providing an assist to Mike Havenaar, but it was not enough to prevent a 2–1 loss for Vitesse. On 19 October, Atsu made his first start against SC Heerenveen, which ended in a 3–2 win for Vitesse. On 9 November, he converted a penalty for his first goal with Vitesse, against FC Utrecht; the match ended in a 3–1 win for Vitesse.
Loan to EvertonEdit
On 13 August 2014, Atsu joined fellow Premier League club Everton on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season. He made his first appearance for the club 10 days later, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute for Kevin Mirallas in a 2–2 draw with Arsenal at Goodison Park.
On 21 September 2014, Atsu made his first start in the league against Crystal Palace, which ended in a 2–3 home loss. After his absence due to the Africa Cup of Nations, Atsu returned to Everton's lineup on 19 February 2015 in a Europa League match against BSC Young Boys, playing out the last five minutes after replacing hat-trick scorer Romelu Lukaku. and came off the bench three days later to set up a late equaliser in a 2–2 draw at home to Leicester City. On 15 March 2015, in the match against Newcastle United, he came off the bench with 5 minutes remaining, and provided another an assist to fellow substitute Ross Barkley for Everton's third goal of a 3–0 home victory. Following Atsu's impact as a substitute in the above games, he was picked to start the second leg of a Europa League Round of 16 match away to Dynamo Kyiv on 19 March with regular right-winger Aaron Lennon cup-tied, with Everton leading 2–1 from the first leg. His team were eliminated after losing 5–2 on the night, he was withdrawn in the 65th minute, and that was his final first-team appearance for Everton.
Loan to BournemouthEdit
On 29 May 2015, Atsu was loaned to newly promoted Premier League team Bournemouth for the upcoming season, with club Chief Executive Neill Blake calling the deal "a huge coup". He made his debut on 25 August in the second round of the League Cup, starting in a 4–0 win at Hartlepool United. Atsu's only other appearance was in the next round's victory at Preston North End; he did not feature in any Bournemouth matchday squad in the league and he was recalled from his loan by Chelsea on 1 January 2016.
Loan to MálagaEdit
On 24 January 2016, Atsu gave an interview with the BBC World Service in which he spoke about leaving Chelsea and his imminent transfer to Levante. The next day, it was confirmed that he would be instead moving to Málaga on loan. On 5 February 2016, Atsu made his debut in the starting eleven and scored in a 3–0 victory over Getafe CF.
On 31 August 2016, it was confirmed that Christian Atsu had joined Newcastle United on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy clause in the contract. On 13 September, his debut for the club came on as a substitute for Yoan Gouffran in the 61st minute in a 6–0 away victory against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, where he provided the assist to Aleksandar Mitrović to earn their fifth goal. Atsu scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win against Rotherham United on 1 October 2016, followed by further goals against Cardiff City and Wigan. In May 2017, Atsu agreed terms on a permanent switch to Newcastle. He signed a four-year deal at St James' Park and joined the Magpies for £6.2m.
Atsu won his first senior cap for Ghana on 1 June 2012 against Lesotho, scoring in the process. He was described by the BBC as an "excellent prospect", whilst ESPN added he was "quick and technically impressive", and a potential future star for his national team.
The following year, he was in the Ghanaian squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. He started the first match, a 2–2 draw against the DR Congo, and was a substitute in the following 1–0 win over Mali. He returned to the starting line-up in the last group match against Niger in Port Elizabeth, scoring the second goal of a 3–0 win which put his country into the quarter-finals as group winners. Atsu featured in the rest of Ghana's matches as they came fourth, scoring in their penalty shootout elimination by Burkina Faso.
At the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Atsu scored twice in a 3–0 win over Guinea in the quarter-finals. He helped the team to the final, where they lost in a penalty shootout against the Ivory Coast. At the end of the tournament, he was awarded with both the Player of the Tournament award, as well as the Goal of the Tournament award for his strike against Guinea.
- As of match played 15 July 2019
|Rio Ave||2011–12||Primeira Liga||27||6||1||0||2||0||—||30||6|
|Everton (loan)||2014–15||Premier League||5||0||0||0||1||0||7[b]||0||13||0|
|Bournemouth (loan)||2015–16||Premier League||0||0||0||0||2||0||—||2||0|
|Málaga (loan)||2015–16||La Liga||12||2||0||0||—||—||12||2|
|Newcastle United (loan)||2016–17||Championship||32||5||0||0||3||0||—||35||5|
|Newcastle United||2017–18||Premier League||28||2||1||0||0||0||—||29||2|
- As of matches played on 15 July 2019
|Ghana national team|
- Scores and results list Ghana's goal tally first.
|1.||1 June 2012||Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana||Lesotho||5–0||7–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||8 September 2012||Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana||Malawi||1–0||2–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|3.||28 January 2013||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa||Niger||2–0||3–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations|
|4.||15 October 2013||Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana||Egypt||6–1||6–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||10 September 2014||Stade de Kégué, Lomé, Togo||Togo||3–2||3–2||2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|6.||1 February 2015||Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea||Guinea||1–0||3–0||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|8.||14 June 2015||Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana||Mauritius||1–0||7–1||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|9.||5 June 2016||Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius||Mauritius||2–0||2–0||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
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