After completing negotiations with Saudi Professional League club Al-Raed, Ghanaian international Christian Atsu made it known via his official social media platforms. The 29-year old looks forward to replicating his form in Buraidah, the base of Al-Raeda.
Following his exit from Newcastle United at the end of 2020/21 season, hosts of clubs were linked with the winger. Rumors went rife about the possibility of Christian Atsu making a stop in Spain or Germany. Even in England, some clubs were reported to have expressed interest in firming up a deal for the speedster. In the midst of these wild stories, Christian Atsu and his camp kept their focus and composure, working around the clock to seal a deal with another club.
The decision to join a Middle East club has received various reviews with different analyses and interpretations. Playing time and the money could have motivated the former FC Porto star performer to ink a deal. At Al-Raed, playing time for him may not be limited based on what was agreed in the deal. In the football arena, playing time supersedes all other motives of a player in most situations. Christian Atsu - with his immense experience and exposure in European football - knows what to look out for in an interested club. The monetary aspect cannot be overlooked, as it triggers player’s movement in certain scenarios. His new club Al-Raed is assured of the best of Christian Atsu, if injury does not plague his season, hence spoil the party.
On the backdrop of this, is another Ghanaian international who could follow suit. Black Stars skipper Dede Ayew is club-less after parting ways Swansea City. He and his representatives are coy about his next destination, but hints have been garnered from their camp. With Christian Atsu making a stop in Saudi Arabia, could that woo the 31-year old to join his countryman?
With his age, the son of Abedi Pele can voyage in Europe. Compendium of teams from the European continent are by now jostling for his signature, not ruling out mouthwatering and irresistible offers from the Far East.
As mentioned earlier, playing time and the money aspect could lure the Afcon finalist into making a stopover in Saudi Arabia. Whiles thinking about playing time, his age will take portion of the decision about to be made. Wearing the jersey of Marseille, Swansea City, West Ham United and Fenerbahce has enormous exposure to Dede Ayew, making his odyssey in Europe a memorable one.
Content created and supplied by: Abdul-Jalilu (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More