The Ghana winger took to Twitter to say sorry for his underwhelming season-long loan at Goodison Park as he returns to West London.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Everton for making me fell welcome during my time there this season,” he began, writing on his @ChristianAtsu20 handle.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Everton for making me feel welcome during my time there.. pic.twitter.com/cTcjojQG0K— Christian Atsu (@ChristianAtsu20) May 27, 2015
“The fans, the staff, my teammates have all been very supportive.
“I’m sorry that things didn’t work out for me,” he continued, “but I must look forward and am keen to take the next step in my football career. God bless everyone. #Godisthereason”
..this season. The fans, the staff, my teammates have all been very supportive. I'm sorry that things didn't work out for me but I must...— Christian Atsu (@ChristianAtsu20) May 27, 2015
The wideman arrived in Merseyside amidst much excitement last summer, with Toffees fans hoping that the Black Star could have a similar impact as Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu, who sparkled under Roberto Martinez last season.
However, Atsu has been a peripheral figure at Goodison Park, with Everton fans voting overwhelmingly that they didn’t want him at the club next season, according to a survey undertaken by a local paper.
The former FC Porto man leaves Liverpool having only managed five Premier League appearances, of which only one was a start. That outing came against Crystal Palace as long ago as September.
It had been hoped that the Europa League would provide an opportunity for the Black Star to shine, with the 23-year-old expected to provide squad depth and a fine attacking outlet in European games.
Atsu struggled to make his mark during the group stage and only managed three starts in the competition, featuring for over an hour as Everton were dumped out of the competition by Dynamo Kyiv.
The January arrival of Aaron Lennon on loan from Tottenham Hotspur further reduced Atsu’s first-team opportunities, and despite enjoying a strong African Cup of Nations, he was unable to bring his international form back to the EPL.