The Magpies’ winger shared how this season could be a make or break campaign and vowed to show he can perform at the level expected of him.
Speaking to the Northern Echo, the 27-year-old admitted he is happy with how Newcastle have started the season and that can only help bring out the best of him.
“That is probably what has held me back in my time at Newcastle so far – I haven’t been consistent enough,” he said.
“I think this is going to be an important season for me, I have been here for four years now. That is the challenge now, to make sure this season is different.
“I am very happy with the way the team is playing and the way we are trying to press teams – I think that will help with my game.”
After starting the season with an injury, the £30,000-a-week winger [Spotrac] made his first start of the season against Watford after impressing off the bench in the game against Spurs.
If this is Atsu’s make or break season at St James’ Park, he has started it in the perfect manner. The Ghanaian forward has been phenomenal for the Magpies, whether coming off the bench or starting the game. His attitude appears to be second-to-none with Steve Bruce even gushing over the “terrific” winger to BBC Newcastle in the opening month of the season. After delivering an assist for the winner against Spurs, Atsu didn’t rest on that and continued to impress – already averaging three key passes per game according to WhoScored, as he looks to improve his assist tally. The 27-year-old brings danger on the ball for the opposition, completing 2.5 dribbles in each outing highlighting his ability to create something from nothing. Should Atsu continue to put in this level of performance, then the forward could certainly be one of the first names on the teamsheet every single week.