There are plenty of players who have divided opinion throughout the years for Newcastle United – usually, attackers who both infuriate and inspire with their performances.
He has become something of a forgotten figure over the summer courtesy of an injury suffered on international duty, meaning he has not been used by Steve Bruce in either the warm-up games or their opening Premier League fixtures.
However, he really should be the last resort for Steve Bruce after a bitterly disappointing 2018/19 campaign, with the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie and Miguel Almiron ahead of him in the pecking order.
A winger with one goal and no assists in 28 appearances hardly inspires confidence and he is not going to be the answer against a Tottenham side chasing a top-four finish once again.
Some might argue that a tangible final product is not everything but his overall contribution does not paint him a better light.
As detailed by WhoScored, Atsu managed to average less than one successful dribble and was dispossessed over once per game in the Premier League, while his record of 0.3 crosses is dire reading for a wide man.