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World Cup winner predicts ‘great’ future for Chelsea youngster yet to make debut

Marcel Desailly praised Everton loan midfielder Christian Atsu after his impact for Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations

Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly has heaped praise on Blues youngster Christian Atsu after his influential performances helped Ghana into the African Cup of Nations last four.

The 23-year-old, who is yet to make his debut for Chelsea, has been in outstanding form for Ghana despite an uninspiring loan spell with Everton prior to the competition and could well be the catalyst behind his country lifting the AFCON trophy for the fifth time in their history.

Desailly, who was born in Ghana before he went on to win the World Cup with France, says he isn’t surprised by Atsu’s impact and believes the player has a great future ahead of him.

‘’We are talking about Atsu with a great talent, anytime, he can take on opponents and do this,’’ Desailly was quoted as saying on Ghanasoccernet.com.

‘’He is a great part of the team and he has a great future.’’

Does Atsu have a future at Stamford Bridge?

Although he is internationally recognised as a key man for an impressive Ghana side, the question over whether he will be a long-term fixture at Chelsea remains.

He signed for Chelsea on 1st September 2013 and immediately went out on loan to feeder club Vitesse for the remainder of the season. Although he did well in Holland, he never really won the plaudits Chelsea teammate Lucas Piazon did in the same side and never seemed to be in contention for a first-team spot when he returned to the Bridge in preparation for this season.

After long negotiations, largely due to Chelsea’s worries the player wouldn’t get much playing time, Everton eventually landed the World Cup star on loan for the rest of the season just weeks before the season kicked off. However, with more than half the season gone, the Blues youngster looks to be nothing more than a squad player for Everton to call upon in the event of an injury crisis.

Unless he improves his league form and shows he can make it in the Premier League, it seems that despite Desailly’s comments he may well be a player Chelsea label as a failed gamble and sell on to another side.

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