It must be a big decision for a player to make when they have the chance to move – usually there will be family involved and it involves moving to a new country.
On the flip side, players do have a relatively short career so surely they should owe it to themselves to play as much as possible?
A report from HITC has looked at how things worked out for Christian Atsu at Newcastle after rejecting a switch to Glasgow in January.
It’s suggested that Newcastle had accepted a loan offer for the winger who they paid £6.5m for in 2016, but he opted to stay and fight for his place instead.
Of course football has been suspended for now so it’s hard to make a truly accurate assessment, but everything we’ve seen since January suggests that was a poor decision.
He’s not seen any action in the Premier League and only played with a heavily rotated side in the FA Cup, so it’s clear that he’s not a major part of Steve Bruce’s plans.
He would’ve been an interesting player to see at Celtic, with his ability to play on either flank. Nobody has really nailed down the left wing spot since Mohamed Elyounoussi suffered an injury, while a left footed option to cut in from the right would give Lenny another option when James Forrest is having a poor game.
There’s every chance he might be available again in the Summer, but having turned the club down already you have to think he wouldn’t be the first choice to come in when football starts up again.
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