The Scout is selecting three overlooked players who could be set for a breakout Gameweek 6 in Fantasy Premier League.
But he has seized his chance of a regular role after being handed his first start of the season in Gameweek 3.
And the underlying numbers highlight his contribution for Steve Bruce's side.
Eye for a pass
Atsu has created nine chances over Gameweeks 3 to 5, at least double the number of every other Newcastle player aside from the five of Joelinton (£5.9m).
Indeed, his total ranks second only to the 11 key passes of Manuel Lanzini (£6.6m) among FPL midfielders during that period.
Brighton arrive at St James' Park lacking resilience. They are without a clean sheet in the last four Gameweeks.
Atsu can profit from those frailties and offer managers a tempting option in the cut-price midfield bracket.