Once again, it appears Andre Villas-Boas is attempting to raid former club Porto for their best players, with Christian Atsu the latest to be linked. talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has more...
Name: Christian Atsu Twasam
Date of birth: 10 January 1992
Born: Ada, Ghana
International: One Ghana cap
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has been linked with Porto winger Christian Atsu, a highly talented 20-year-old, who played for the club when Villas-Boas was at the club. He has said previously that he would love to play in England and the two may soon find themselves reunited.
Did you know?
1) Displaying all the attributes of pace, power and skill from a young age, the winger was soon transferred from Cheetah FC in Ghana to Portuguese giants Porto, where he has continued his development since 2010.
2) As part of Porto's academy, he helped the club win the 2011 Blue Stars FIFA Youth Cup in Zurich. The tournament, which showcases the best of football's emerging talents from around the world, has been won by Man United 16 times since its inception in 1939. Atsu's three goals helped him win the Golden Ball award as the competition's best player. Check out the video evidence of his deadly left foot as he unleashes a stinging shot straight away in the highlights from the final, above.
3) He has explained that he loves Lionel Messi's style of play and has even been hailed as Ghana's answer to the Barcelona star, though he has played down the comparison: “No, that tag ‘Messi’ doesn’t put any pressure on me, but I will tell Ghanaians to respect that name and stop putting it on me because I am Christian Atsu.” His Ghana hero is the great Abedi Pele, who won three consecutive Africa Player of the Year awards beginning in 1991 and was capped 67 times by his country.
4) During the 2011/12 season, Porto sent Atsu out on loan to fellow Primeira Liga side Rio Ave and was named the Portuguese club's Player of the Season. During the campaign he played 22 times and scored six goals.
5) He made his international debut against Lesotho, coming on for Sulley Muntari and scoring in a 7-0 thrashing in Kumasi, Ghana in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match in June 2012.
What is being said?
“In five or 10 years, I want to become a really useful player for the Black Stars and win the Champions League with my club and also to play in the Spanish or English league. This is what I really want to achieve.”
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