Atsu draws praise from Newcastle United manager Benitez

The Magpies boss has praised the Ghanaian midfielder's impact against Everton despite missing glorious opportunities

Newcastle United coach Rafael Benitez has lavished praise on Ghana midfielder Christian Atsu ahead of their Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

 

Following Matt Ritchie's suspension, Atsu was handed his second start of the campaign in the 1-1 stalemate with Everton on Wednesday, with the former Chelsea loanee putting up one of his finest outing so far this season.

 

"Jacob Murphy and Atsu were really good because they were defending all the time and, after, attacking, you need the legs," Benitez was quoted as saying by thechroniclelive.

 

"It’s a pity because we have two or three situations with Atsu, one v one, that we didn’t find this final pass to make the difference.

 

"But, again, I will say that when you get a point against a good team, away from home, you have to be pleased," he added.

 

With Kenedy yet to fully recover from a knock he picked up at training on Monday, Atsu is likely to retain his place in the squad against Wolves.