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Atsu nonchalant over bench warming role at Newcastle United

Ghana winger Christian Atsu says he is delighted with his season despite largely warming the bench at Newcastle United.

Atsu has managed three assists in 13 games for the Magpies in the ongoing campaign but only four of those outings have been starting opportunities.

But has largely being a peripheral figure at the club despite his decent start to the season.

However, the 27-year-old wideman is not bothered by his bench warming role at the club as he believes he can contribute a lot with the little playing time he gets.

“I think it hasn’t been bad for me,” Atsu said, as reported by his club’s official website.

“I’ve played some games and made assists. I’m very confident and throughout this season, I’ve been quite happy with the points we have and the position we are in.

“Everyone has been contributing well in the team so I’m just trying to work hard and get myself into the first eleven. It can be tough when you’re not playing regularly because it’s likely you will lose your fitness.

“Those who are playing are going to benefit a lot because they will get more fit so you need to work extra hard.”

Atsu joined Steve Bruce’s side on a permanent deal in 2017 following an initial loan spell.

Last season, he scored once in 28 league outings involving 15 starts.

Ghanasoccernet.com

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