Christian Atsu comments on his playing time at Newcastle United

Newcastle United's Christian Atsu has a shot

Atsu has made six appearances for Newcastle United so far this season.

Newcastle United's Christian Atsu (R) scores their first goal

Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu has told the Chronicle that he is pleased every time he gets game time, and has reaffirmed he is happy at the club he moved to in the summer.

Atsu was one of several signings during the summer as he moved on loan from Chelsea. He has made a total of six appearances so far this season, scoring the one goal in the process; the winner against Rotherham United prior to the international break.

Newcastle United's Christian Atsu has a shot

The 24-year-old told the Chronicle: “I am pleased for each and every game I get. Everybody would like to play for Newcastle.

“For me, I am getting playing time so I know I need to help the team. Like I said, I am happy to be here."

Atsu will certainly get more opportunities to develop this season, as has been evident by the way manager Rafa Benitez has rotated his squad so far this season.

He wants to keep players fresh and for everyone to do their bit as they chase an immediate return to the Premier League.

Newcastle United's Christian Atsu (R) celebrates scoring their first goal

Furthermore, Newcastle's participation in the EFL Cup is a big plus for the club as well as it allows players to get more game time under their belts when perhaps they wouldn't have done.

If they progress against Preston North End to the quarter-finals of the competition then there is the opportunity to pit themselves against a Premier League side, which will be a good yardstick for just how much Newcastle need to do between now and whenever they return to the top flight, as they are odds-on to do so this season.

Atsu has shown some promise prior to his arrival at Newcastle but never really had the kind of game time to impress. He only played two games while on loan at Everton last season before embarking on another loan spell in La Liga at Malaga, where he managed to play 12 games in the second half of last season.

Given there are plenty of games to play in the Championship, as well as in the cup competitions, one can expect Atsu to get his chance to impress both those at Newcastle and his parent club Chelsea.

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez shakes the hand of Christian Atsu after he is substituted

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