English premier league side Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has has confirmed that Ghana international Christian Atsu is not part of his plans for the ongoing season and will have to seek a move elsewhere to begin a new challenge.
The forward is now considered to be a benchwarmer rather than a first team player for the Magpies, after a series of poor form in the past few seasons at St. James Park.
The Magpies have bolter their squad this summer after bringing in Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendricks which Steve Bruce believes it will be difficult for the Ghanaian winger to have some playing time under his belt.
“I like Christian – the same goes for [Yoshinori] Muto – trains every day, works tirelessly, [and is] a good professional,” Bruce told the BBC Newcastle on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers. “But in a situation where, are they going to play enough? There has to come a time when they go and play football.
“The same goes for [Henri] 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, [Achraf] Lazaar, [Rolando] Aarons – they need to find a home and try to progress their careers again.”
Atsu was not named a on the bench for Newcastle United on Saturday as they inflicted a 2-0 defeat over West Ham United at the London stadium in their season opener. The 28-year old featured nineteen times for the magpies without even netting a single goal.