Any action that Christian Atsu might see in the last two games of the season would be his last in an Everton jersey with Roberto Martinez unlikely to pursue another loan for the Ghanaian.
Atsu was signed shortly before the start of the campaign on a season-long loan from Chelsea but has made just 13 appearances with the Blues as he has struggled to adapt to the Premier League.
The 23 year-old arrived at Goodison fresh from a season in the Dutch Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem but found the step up to England’s top flight challenging.
His attempts to break into the Blues’ first team were further hampered by the hamstring injury he suffered last November and then his month-long involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana during which he was named player of the tournament.
That accolade, and the accompanying goal of the tournament award he received was not enough to persuade Martinez to give him more opportunities at Goodison Park and the door was effectively closed on Atsu’s hopes of regular appearances by the arrival of the more experienced and more consistent Aaron Lennon from Tottenham at the beginning of February.
In comments Martinez recently made to the Liverpool Echo , he didn’t explicitly say that he would not be making an approach to take Atsu back for next season but the understanding is that the two parties will go their separate ways at the end of the season.
“Christian is a very, very talented young man,” Martinez said of the winger who hasn’t played since the disaster in Kyiv. “Adapting to the Premier League will always take a period; sometimes more, sometimes less.
“He has all the attributes and showed it in flashes at Porto, when he played consistently at Vitesse, when he was named Player of the Tournament at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana — Christian is very talented.
“For one reason or another, we haven’t been able to give him that continuity that you need. But his attitude is terrific and I hope in the last two games, I hope he can finish the season strong with us because his playing time hasn’t been as big as we expected.
“But I’m sure the experience will benefit him immensely.”
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