The Ghanaian winger has struggled to impose himself whilst on loan at Everton so far this season but, after a scintillating show at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, the 24 year old returned to Merseyside full of confidence.
No more so was this in evidence than his bright cameo in the weekend draw against Leicester City, when the wideman’s low cross was nodded home, by opposing defender Matthew Upson, to earn the Toffees a point at Goodison Park.
And Atsu now believes he can show his best form for the Blues – starting with Thursday’s second leg encounter with Uli Forte’s side.
“I want to help my team to win and in such situations I have to do my best,” Atsu told evertontv. “When I got on the pitch I wanted to do something to make the fans happy. It’s true that I am very happy to have assisted with the goal.
“It’s always a pleasure to play in front of Everton fans. I am looking forward to the next game and I hope we will make them happy this time around.
“I am always training to start games. I don’t know what the gaffer will say but I am working hard and we will see what will happen [on Thursday].
“I came here to put smiles on the faces of the fans. At the start things were not going as well but after the AFCON I am full of confidence and ready to give my best to the team.”