Reported Celtic target Christian Atsu is one of several players name-dropped by Steve Bruce as needing to “find a home” to get their careers back on track.
The Hoops, who were said to be keen on the Newcastle winger back in January, have reportedly asked about his availability in the current transfer window, SportsworldGhana claimed earlier this month.
According to the Glasgow Times, the Hoops sought to sign Atsu on deadline day seven months ago, but the player opted to stay and fight for a place in the Newcastle line-up.
However, the 28-year-old has since failed to win a spot in Bruce’s squad, with just six minutes of game time since the English Premier League returned to action in June.
And speaking to BBC Newcastle ahead of the Magpies’ League Cup clash with Blackburn, the 59-year-old made it clear that Atsu and several others are better off moving clubs.
“I like Christian – the same goes for Muto – trains every day, works tirelessly, a good professional – but in a situation where, are they going to play enough?” said Bruce, as quoted by BBC Newcastle’s Matthew Raisbeck on Twitter. “There has to come a time when they go and play football.”
“The same goes for Saivet. Henri has been around the place since I’ve been here. We try to treat him with respect and he trains every day and is a good pro. Saivet, Atsu, Muto, Lazaar, Aarons – they need to find a home and try to progress their careers again.”
While Atsu may have struggled for game time at Newcastle, his experience in top leagues, not to mention 60 Ghana caps and 10 goals, plus appearances at the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, show that he’s certainly got plenty to offer.
He has had his flashes of brilliance in the Premier League too, his impressive appearance off the bench for Newcastle against Spurs in August 2019 – during which he provided an assist for Joelinton’s winner – coming for praise by Robbie Keane.
“I thought he was brilliant,” Keane told Sky Sports Premier League (25/8/19, 6:43pm) of the £30,000-a-week ace. “He wasn’t scared to get at people, he’s very, very confident in possession. Great first touch here, this sets up the goal.”