Chelsea loanee Christian Atsu named AFCON Player of the Tournament

The Ghanaian winger won two individual awards at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

23-year-old Atsu starred for his country as Ghana reached the AFCON Final, only to lose on penalties to the Ivory Coast.

The winger made an eye-catching display in the Black Stars’ 3-0 quarter final win over Guinea, in which he netted a goal in each half - including a long range strike that was named Goal of the Tournament.

However, that was not his only award, with the youngster - on loan at Everton from Premier League rivals Chelsea - being named the Player of the Tournament for his role in Ghana’s run to the Final.

As reported by the official Everton website, Atsu played the full 90 minutes of that game, as well as the majority of extra-time, before being substituted off the pitch just prior to the deciding penalty shootout. Despite taking a 2-0 lead over their Ivorian opponents, Ghana let that slip - and eventually lost to a 8-9 scoreline in sudden death.

Although he arrived at Goodison Park on loan from Chelsea, with big things expected of him after a promising World Cup display, Atsu has failed to impress on Merseyside, and has just three Premier League appearances to his name. A further five in the Europa League, and one in the League Cup, have done little to suggest that he is the star that Chelsea thought he would be when they signed him from Porto, but his incredible form in Africa’s premier cup competition could be enough to see him work his way into Roberto Martinez’s plans - and finally make his mark on the Premier League.

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