10 Jan 1992
A Ghanaian by birth, Christian's first professional club would be Porto under Andre Villas-Boas. In 2013 he moved to Chelsea for a reported £3.5m before being loaned out to a number of clubs including Everton and Bournemouth in England. His final loan destination would be Newcastle United however on a one year deal with a £6.2m buy-out clause which was triggered at the end of that season. Atsu was a huge success at International level, playing well over 50 games for his county, including playing in the 2014 World Cup.
HIs time at Newcastle would start off well enough being fully utilised in a Championship season that would see his Magpies side promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt. He would also be well utilised in the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons before becoming a bit part player before being forced into the background under Steve Bruce.
He would eventually slip away, on a free transfer, in the summer of 2021.