Atsu: Christian out of Africa with renewed confidence for Everton

Christian  Atsu is determined to prove what he can do at Everton, having returned from the Africa Cup of Nations as player of the tournament.

The winger, who is on loan from Chelsea, also netted the goal of the tournament as he helped  Ghana to reach the final but they missed out on the trophy, losing a penalty shoot-out against Ivory Coast after Atsu had been substituted on 90 minutes.

So far the 23-year-old has failed to make an impact at Goodison Park and has totalled just 71 minutes of Premier League football in a royal blue jersey.

Atsu said: “I was very happy to win the awards and with my determination in the tournament.

“It gives me great confidence now to play for Everton and prove what I can do.

“Being the best player in the ACON doesn’t mean I can come straight back and start for Everton because we have many great players in my position.

“I believe I can be a success in the Premier League, whether that’s with Everton or Chelsea. I have been frustrated, but I always look to the future and I am improving at Everton even when I’m not playing.

“I want to be a better footballer and I am learning from a great coach who trusts young players. I think I’m a very fast winger, I’m skilful and I can create chances for my strikers.”

Atsu cost Chelsea £3.5m from Porto in 2013 but was loaned out to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem last season.

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