Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu demonstrated that his final ball still needs some work on Wednesday.
The Ghanaian started against Manchester United at St. James’ Park and looked lively for the hosts in parts.
In the first half he gave Antonio Valencia a few things to think about. He managed to work his way into the box on a couple of occasions, producing one tame effort and one total miscue.
Although it was good for Atsu to be causing problems, he again failed to register either a goal or an assist. He has now gone 27 games without a goal involvement for Newcastle which will be slightly concerning for Rafa Benitez.
He has undoubtedly improved of late, but his poor final ball is why Newcastle should focus their efforts on landing a reported transfer target of theirs this month.
Atsu struggles mean Kamano is needed
According to Chronicle Live, Newcastle have been discussing Bordeaux winger Francois Kamano in ‘transfer meetings’.
The Guinea international has been in good form for the Ligue 1 outfit this term, scoring 11 goals in all competitions.
Despite being younger, Kamano appears to be a more refined and clinical version of Atsu, and possesses a much greater goal threat.
The pacy attacker is under contract with the French side until 2020, meaning they could well be tempted into a sale if the money is right.
Apparently it would take upwards of £10 million to sign him, but Newcastle seriously need fresh impetus in the wide areas – he could be smart business, especially with Atsu showing no signs of improvement on his final ball.