Bruce needs £5.4m-rated Newcastle man to repay faith after considered reveal – opinion

Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu has admitted that he must perform at a higher standard than he managed against Burnley, after being shown renewed faith by head coach Steve Bruce.

Atsu had not started a Premier League game since the 5-0 thrashing away to Leicester City in September before earning a starting call at Turf Moor last Saturday, with the 27-year-old resigned to a strew of brief substitute outings in between.

Bruce had to consider his options beyond his previously favoured eleven for the Clarets encounter, as we lost £20million summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin until the New Year with a hamstring injury during our win over Southampton.

The boss would have been wishing he had Saint-Maximin on the field at Turf Moor over Atsu, as the 59-cap Ghana international spurned a golden chance to score when fed by Andy Carroll.

Atsu had been delighted to make his return to the starting line-up against Burnley, but knows that he has to perform at a higher standard if he is to retain his place while Saint-Maximin is out.

“I’m very happy to be back in the team,” said Atsu, via quotes by the Shields Gazette. “I haven’t had too many opportunities, but now I just need to keep going.

“This wasn’t the best game for me [against Burnley], but I’m looking forward to the games that are coming up now.”

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While Atsu has stated that he must do better in a considered reveal, we will need the Ghana winger to perform at a higher level throughout Saint-Maximin’s absence if Bruce continues to put his faith in the former Chelsea man.

Along with spurning a gilt-edged chance at Turf Moor, Atsu only managed to fashion one key ball as he completed 19 of 21 passes, while failing to record a shot, successful tackle, interception or clearance and could only complete one of his four attempted dribbles before being taken off in the 80th-minute, per WhoScored data.

In other Newcastle United news, the Toon have been credited with an interest in an £18million man likely set to be sold in January.

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