Ghana defeated Algeria today in the second round of the African Cup of Nations Group Stage. In truth Ghana were poor throughout the game, as were Algeria. However the Desert Foxes were slightly less poor in a game fraught with constant fouls and a terrible pitch. Ghana were fortunate to get the win.
In the end it was a moment of raw ability that won the game, former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan netting a typical finish.
The Chelsea owned player was awarded man of the match by WhoScored.com for his performance, but the truth is, he was poor.
Atsu has failed to impress in an Everton shirt and whilst his stats look great, including 'seven dribbles', this usually resulted in him running down a blind alley or cutting back onto his left-foot and swinging in an aimless ball toward the box.
His short passing was terrible and his ball control mixed. By the time he did wake up, playing through Gyan at one point for what should have been a goal, it was 70 minutes into the game and it was a fleeting moment which faded as quickly as it came.
He certainly looks nothing like the player who terrorised defences in the Eredivisie or at the World Cup in 2014.
In general he looked aimless and confused, as he has when given a chance in an Everton shirt. Based on this performance, Everton would do well to send him packing and consider another loan venture this winter.
Here is some of the reaction on Twitter to his performance...
Starting to think that Atsu may actually be terrible— James (@jabennett_) January 23, 2015
“@Akua_B_Tinted: Atsu will end his career on that Everton bench.”you don't say !!— Restricted Zone (@Obedtwelve) January 23, 2015
bless u ! RT @niilexis: All Atsu has done so far in the tournament is provide good reason why Martinez keeps him on the bench at Everton.— Destiny Jnr™ #Lfc (@destinyjnr) January 23, 2015
I would opt for an Asante / Atsu switch at halftime if the scores stays the same. The Everton loanee offering next to nothing #AFSAFCON— Africa Football Shop (@AfrFootballShop) January 23, 2015
Atsu has been an awful loan, needs terminating as he's done nothing and now at the African nations cup, waste of a loan like Henen— Jamie (@JW1878EFC) January 19, 2015
How Ghana can look like a team with no creativity in the final 3rd, with Ayew & Atsu in there, beats me...— Temisan Okomi (@temiokomi) January 23, 2015