James McCarthy welcomes arrival of Christian Atsu

James McCarthy believes that Christian Atsu can be a key member of the Everton squad this season ahead of his proposed loan move.

James McCarthy has welcomed the news that Everton are close to completing the loan signing of Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu.

Toffees manager Roberto Martinez revealed on Tuesday that a deal had been agreed with Chelsea, and McCarthy believes that Atsu will be important for the club this season.

"I don't know much about him, but I've seen wee clips here and there," the midfielder told the Liverpool Echo. "The gaffer has scouted him for a while, and I'm sure he'll be a good addition to the squad with so many games coming up this season.

"He has a bit of impact and a lot of pace about him from what I've seen."

Atsu moved to Chelsea from Porto last summer, but is yet to make a competitive appearance for the club.

James McCarthy of Everton signals during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on September 30, 2013
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