Everton new recruit Christian Atsu aims to emulate Lukaku
Everton new boy Christian Atsu is aiming to follow the example of Romelu Lukaku and become another Goodison loan star.
The 22-year-old Ghana winger is treading the same path as Lukaku by swopping Stamford Bridge for Merseyside in a bid to prove hismelf, and will use the striker’s impressive first season with the Toffees as inspiration.
The ECHO understands that Roberto Martinez tried to negotiate an option to buy the exciting midfielder, but Chelsea rate him so highly that they held firm and will insist on him returning next summer.
Nevertheless Atsu is determined to make the most of his time at the only club he considered joining when he was told he could go out on loan this term.
He said: “I looked at Lukaku who came here on loan and did great and Deulofeu from Barcelona who was here last season and played a very important role for the club. That’s what I want to continue. To help the team get a better position than last season.
“Roberto Martinez told me that Everton is a great club but he didn’t have to say much to convince me because as soon as I heard that Everton had approached Chelsea to ask about taking me on loan I told them I really wanted to go there.”
Reports last week had suggested that Atsu’s representatives wanted assurances over how many minutes he would play for the Toffees, but the wide-man himself knows that he is in the best position to determine how much he will feature.
“I know they have a great manager,” he said.
“He told me that if I worked hard I’d get my chance to play which is very important.
“Everything depends on the player, not the manager though – the onus is on me to work hard.”