Christian Atsu has brutally admitted that he simply hasn't been good enough for Newcastle United as he is eager to improve his consistency levels.
After missing the opening games of the season, Atsu has started the last two Premier League matches for Steve Bruce's side. They have picked up four points and he has provided one assist so far.
Last season, under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez, Atsu only scored one Premier League goal as he failed to provide any assists for his teammates [transfermarkt].
Atsu's struggles are there for all to see, but he can also see where his problems lie as he stated that has been working hard to improve his game.
“I think this is going to be an important season for me,” said Atsu, as quoted by the Northen Echo. "I have been here for four years now – I have had some good times and played some good games, but I still don’t really think people have been able to see the best of me, certainly not on a consistent basis.
"The biggest thing for me this season is to be consistent. I’ve had some good performances with Newcastle, but I need to start being more consistent and keeping my standards at the same level through the season.
“That is probably what has held me back in my time at Newcastle so far – I haven’t been consistent enough – and I am working as hard as I can to try to improve that. I feel as though my fitness is getting better, and hopefully, that will help me when I am on the pitch."
In 2017, Newcastle secured the permanent signature of Atsu when they paid Chelsea £6 million for his services [Sky Sports].
Whilst Atsu has the pace to play in England's top-flight, he hasn't been able to use it consistently, but he is now hoping to be more efficient in front of goal.
Newcastle aren't looking for bundles of goals from the winger, but if he can add more bite to his game and some more goals then it will prove to be very useful to the team.
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