Christian Atsu

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Christian Atsu
Personal information
Full name Twasam Christian Atsu
Date of birth (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Ada Foah, Ghana
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) [1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Everton
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 19
Youth career
–2009 Feyenoord Fetteh
2009–2011 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Porto 17 (1)
2011–2012 Rio Ave (loan) 27 (6)
2013– Chelsea 0 (0)
2013–2014 Vitesse (loan) 28 (5)
2014– Everton (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2012– Ghana 28 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of match played 22 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2014

Christian Atsu Twasam (born 10 January 1992) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for English club Everton on loan from Chelsea and the Ghanaian national team, as a left winger.

Club career[edit]

Born in Ada Foah, Greater Accra Region,[2]

Porto[edit]

Atsu arrived at F.C. Porto at the age of 17, finishing his football formation with the club. On 14 May 2011, he was called by first-team manager André Villas-Boas for a top division match against C.S. Marítimo, but eventually did not leave the bench in a 2–0 away win.

Loan to Rio Ave[edit]

As teammate Kelvin, Atsu was sent on loan to fellow league side Rio Ave F.C. for the 2011–12 season. He made his debut in the competition on 28 August 2011, in a 0–1 home loss against S.C. Olhanense.

2011-12 season[edit]

On 16 December 2011 Atsu opened the score at S.L. Benfica in the 24th minute, but the hosts eventually won it 5–1.[3]

2012-13 season[edit]

He returned to Porto for the 2012–13 campaign, starting in nine of his league appearances as the northerners won the national championship for the third consecutive time.

Chelsea[edit]

On 1 September 2013 Atsu agreed to join Chelsea on a five-year contract, for a reported £3.5 million.[4]

Loan to Vitesse[edit]

He was imminently loaned to Dutch club Vitesse, for the rest of the 2013-14 season.[5] He played 30 games for Vitesse and scored 5 goals as Vitesse finished 6th in the league and qualified to the play offs.

Loan to Everton[edit]

On 13 August 2014, Atsu joined Everton on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.[6] Atsu made his first appearance for The Toffees coming on as an 81st minute substitute in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

International career[edit]

Atsu won his first senior cap for Ghana on 1 June 2012 against Lesotho, scoring in the process.[7] He was described by the BBC as an "excellent prospect",[8] whilst ESPN added he was "quick and technically impressive", and a potential future star for his national team.[9]

Atsu was selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad,[10] starting in all the matches Ghana played.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 11 December 2014.[11]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Taça da Liga Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rio Ave 2011–12 27 6 2 0 2 0 31 6
Total 27 6 2 0 2 0 31 6
Porto 2012–13 17 1 2 0 1 0 8 0 28 1
Total 17 1 2 0 1 0 8 0 28 1
Vitesse (loan) 2013–14 28 5 2 0 30 5
Everton (loan) 2014–15 3 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 9 0
Career total 75 12 7 0 3 0 13 0 98 12

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Taça de Portugal, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile Christian Atsu". web page. Premier League. 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Christian Atsu – The newest Black Star". Ghana Web. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Benfica cruise past Rio Ave". PortuGOAL. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23923446
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23923446
  6. ^ "Atsu Deal Complete". Everton. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Atsu makes debut statement". Ghana Web. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Michael Oti Adjei (12 September 2012). "Ghana hails exciting new talent". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Atkins, Christopher (12 June 2013). "World Cup 2014: Ten potential breakout stars". ESPN FC. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ghana World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Christian Atsu". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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