The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Paul Ed­di­son

CHELSEA’S Chris­tian Atsu says the prospect of play­ing in front of New­cas­tle United’s fa­nat­i­cal sup­port­ers con­vinced him to make a sea­son-long loan move to Ty­ne­side.

St James’ Park housed the sec­ond high­est at­ten­dance in Eng­land last week­end as they com­fort­ably beat Brighton & Hove Al­bion 2-0 for a first win over the Seag­ulls since 1990.

Atsu has done time at five dif­fer­ent clubs since join­ing Chelsea from Porto in 2013, but the Ghana in­ter­na­tional is now des­per­ate to show the Mag­pies’ su­per fans his best foot­ball.

“That will be amaz­ing, to play in front of those fans. I can’t wait,” the 24-year-old at­tack­ing mid­fielder said.

“I’ve seen the fans. They are re­ally great, and play­ing in front of a lot of fans gives you a lot of con­fi­dence.

“At home, you can see the fans cheer­ing the team. I’m re­ally happy and ex­cited and I can’t wait to play in front of them.

“It gives you a lot of con­fi­dence when you are play­ing and I al­ways look for­ward to see­ing the fans be­hind the team, be­hind the play­ers.

“It boosts the team, so I hope they will be do­ing that for us each and ev­ery time we are play­ing.”

EA­GER: Chris­tian Atsu

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