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Christian Atsu impressing on loan at Vitesse but can he make the grade at Chelsea?

Published on: 06 February 2014
Ghana winger Christian Atsu impressibg at Vitesse

By Vincent Ralph 

Having signed for Chelsea last summer, Christian Atsu is impressing for Vitesse Arnhem, but will it be enough to break into Chelsea's side next season?

While the likes of Willian and Nemanja Matic thrive in their new surroundings, one recent Chelsea signing was almost instantly sent on loan to Vitesse Arnhem.

The Dutch club is proving to be an excellent second home for the Blues’ youngsters, with the likes of Lucas Piazon, Patrick van Aanholt and Bertrand Traore all currently plying their trade there and – in the case of the former two – excelling.

But while plenty has been written about Piazon and van Aanholt, what of Christian Atsu, the attacking midfielder who arrived at Stamford Bridge from FC Porto for £3.5million and was immediately on his way again, continuing his footballing education in the Eredivisie?

Atsu’s story has vague similarities to another recent Chelsea acquisition, Mohamed Salah.

In both cases Liverpool were reportedly interested (although with Atsu both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were also said to be keen) and on both occasions the player ended up signing for Jose Mourinho’s side.

However, while Salah is set to stake his claim for a first-team spot in London, Atsu will be in Holland until the summer, at which point a decision on his next steps will be made.

While Piazon has become Vitesse’s most valuable player – scoring 11 goals and providing eight assists in just 20 appearances – Atsu has still had his moments.

The Ghanaian has scored two goals and provided three assists in 14 matches, and he has started all but one of those (his debut, when he still managed to set up a goal despite only featuring for 13 minutes).

Atsu’s pass-completion percentage is currently 86.8% - higher than both Piazon and van Aanholt - while he averages 1.7 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game.

In short, his loan spell is going very well indeed.

The only question is whether Mourinho can find a place for him in the Chelsea squad next season.

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  • keith from germany says:
    February 06, 2014 11:15 am
    The best decision for atsu is the get a deal elsewhere. Becuz i dont see his future with chelsea looking at the calibre of players they have. Eventhough impossible is nothing,we still gotta be realistic and face the factthar
  • keith from germany says:
    February 06, 2014 11:22 am
    We have to face the fact that mourinho wont give him a fair chance to prove himself. Even brazilian top talent lucas piazon is being loaned to vitesse arnheim. Chelsea has loaned over 18 players toa lot of clubs. In my opinion atsu's style of play suits the german bundesliga or the french ligue 1. Im realy happy that atsu is getting more playing time and at vitesse he is enjoying a new role playing behind the striker. He looks very effective in that role. Chelsea wont be the right choice for his young carreer but impossible is nothing
  • The Cockerel says:
    February 06, 2014 01:00 pm
    I have to agree with Keith. A lot of rich top clubs in Europe simply go around the world hovering up promising young talent and then, essentially, hoarding them. This is because they can afford to do so and it is relatively cheaper to do so than blowing £30-40m when the talent develops. This strategy also has the virtue of denying other top clubs access to the talent. The big clubs reckon that if they can get one or two players from twenty talented youngsters into their first team then it makes financial sense. They usually hold on to the young talent till their contract runs out, when the players are now in their mid-twenties, and most of their promise and motivation has gone. Chelsea are a club who are particularly guilty of this practise. They currently have 24 young players on loan around England and Europe. These include Atsu at Vitesse Arnhem and Pappoe at Colchester. There are one or two other Ghanaian kids whose names I can't remember. Unless Atsu has a storming World Cup, he will spend next season on loan as well as I cannot see any space in this current Chelsea midfield for him. He should continue to seek first team football wherever he goes and look to improve as a professional year on year. Good luck to you, Christian!
  • askantwi says:
    February 06, 2014 02:56 pm
    May be he should sign permanently for Vitesse Amhem.
  • Joe Lartey says:
    February 06, 2014 03:35 pm
    you're talented but you'll need a little luck on your side to head start your career bro.
  • John says:
    February 06, 2014 04:24 pm
    Chelsea FC is not the only football club in Europe,he should concentrate on his career if he improves better clubs will come after him.Mind you the salary he is receiving now is better than FC Porto.
  • volc says:
    February 06, 2014 04:29 pm
    I think the guy should learn to be a little bit aggressive like current chelsea william,hazard,owing to his size which is somewhat disadvantage. His ball movement and control is beautiful and I will not recommend him playing portugal or germany in the world cup. With USA he should play the first line up.he could be useful in terms of displacing defense.