10 Africans unsettled in the English Premier League: #10 Christian Atsu

Newcastle player Christian Atsu in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on September 29, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.  (Sept. 28, 2018 - Source: Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe)

Newcastle player Christian Atsu in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on September 29, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

(Sept. 28, 2018 - Source: Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe)

Of course, it is nice to see the likes of Mo Salah, Percy Tau and Hakim Ziyech shine for their nations over the most recent international break but it also raises questions about some popular names who are finding themselves in sticky situations. There are a number of African players dubbed to be the next Sergio Ramos and Xavis of this world but are currently unsettled at club level. Their potential is endangered by their lack of game time. Here’s a list of the XI players whose progress has stalled. What better time to look at these than now when the January transfer window is fast encroaching?

LW – Christian Atsu

Another Ghanaian international that is unsettled in the English Premier League. Christian Atsu is a talented soccer player graced with the ability to beat defenders at will and provide width for his club. It is unfortunate that the African forward is playing for Newcastle United in these hard times when their owner Mike Ashley is refusing to invest the necessary funds. This has led to Rafa Benitez’s negative tactics against most opponents in the league as they try to avoid conceding goals. The club is not bringing out the best in the forward as they force him all the way back.

Verdict: 26-year-old Atsu should move to a club that plays attractive football. There are several.