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Christian Atsu’s first Newcastle start in over two months ends in defeat at Burnley

Christian Atsu made his first Premier League start in a Newcastle United shirt since September 29, but it ended in a 1-0 defeat away to Burnley.

The 27-year old was among the starting XI in his first five appearances of the season. He was however confined to starting from the bench in his next eight outings, playing no more than 13 minutes on each occasion.

He started on the right side of a four-man midfield this time and played for 78 minutes before Yoshinori Muto came on to replace him.

4ufe0fu20e3 changes to the starting XI from last Sunday's win over Southampton:

IN: Fabian Schär, Sean Longstaff, Christian Atsu, Andy Carroll

OUT: Ciaran Clark, Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almirón#NUFC | #BURNEW pic.