Christian Atsu: Rafael Benitez knows my situation at Newcastle United

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Ghana international Christian Atsu has said that manager Rafael Benitez is well aware of his current situation with Newcastle United and the Spaniard is trying his best to offer him gametime. Atsu was a huge hit during the Magpies’ promotion from the Championship during the 2016/17 season but he has since fallen out of the radar with a nagging knee problem hampering his progress.

Speaking in a news conference, Atsu admitted that he is experiencing a tough period with the Tyneside outfit after undergoing a surgery on a knee injury shortly before the summer World Cup, he said: “I played a lot of games but things have changed this time around because of the surgery I underwent before the World Cup. It has really affected my play because I’ve been a little slow but I’m working hard to hit top form soon. Rafael Benitez understands my situation and he is trying his best for me. In fact, he has in a way adopted me as his son and I regard him as my father too.”

Since the season began, “Atsu has largely been a benchwarmer for the Magpies with his only Premier League start coming against Leicester City“ during the backend of September. Nonetheless, ““ not seem to have any plans of parting ways with the Magpies and hopefully, he can revive the form from the 2016/17 season which urged the club to sign him on a permanent deal for Chelsea.

Benitez’s side have experienced the worst possible start to the Premier League campaign after failing to win any of their opening eight top-flight games. However, they have had to contend with a stiff schedule where they have faced five of the previous season’s top six and the upcoming fixtures should offer them the chance to prop up from the drop zone.