His parent club Chelsea, requested assurances from the Goodison Park club that Atsu would command a fairly regular place in the team when the deal was struck in late August, but instead has managed just three starts so far despite injuries to key players at Everton.
He came on for the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-1 victory over West Ham United and is in the squad for the game against German side Wolfsburg on Thursday, but rumours have surfaced that Atsu is unsettled by a lack of first-team action.
But those claims have been denied by the Ghanaian, who said: “I don’t see my coming here as a mistake because I came here to get the experience I need in the Premier League.
“I have played some matches and I am still playing so I believe that with time I will get more playing time and silence my critics. I am happy here at Everton and I know that with time I will get into the first team.”