A tricky left-winger with pace to burn, Atsu was signed from Porto last September for a reported £3.5 million, before being promptly shipped out to Dutch outfit Vitesse for 2013-14.
His impressive displays for the side were even enough to see him voted the fans’ player of the season, as well as claim a place in the starting lineup for Ghana’s World Cup campaign, where he was one of the standout performers of an otherwise disappointing group stage exit for the Black Stars.
With playing time almost certain to be sparse in Chelsea’s first team this campaign, however, another loan move would likely be in the 22-year-old’s best interest, although Blues manager Jose Mourinho is expected to offer him a chance to impress in pre-season before the club sanction such a move.
With Aston Villa, Hamburg and Espanyol also said to be interested in Atsu’s services, the chance to gain regular minutes in Sam Allardyce’s side would a big boost to his development, as the 26-time capped international looks to avoid becoming another of Chelsea’s midfield signings who fail to ever make an impact with the club.
His flashes of playmaking skill this summer certainly suggest he has the credentials of a Premier League regular and now he could be given the chance to prove as much in 2014-15.