MIKEL: Recent form shows just how much we miss him.
I have gone on record on here before and I will say it again, I AM a big fan of Mikel. He is like...
I have gone on record on here before and I will say it again, I AM a big fan of Mikel. He is like Marmite as in the fact that you either love him or you hate him. It's fair to say Chelsea fans are divided when it comes to Mikel and surely our recent defensive performances have proven just how much we take him for granted and just how much we miss him being there.
Mikel has a defensive instinct that no one else in the side has. Remember how Claude Makelele was the same? He always seemed to be in the right positions all over the pitch, closing people down, winning the ball back and to mop things up. Mikel in my opinion, is of the same mould.
He has his critics for his use of the ball and the timing of his passing but that isn't his game. He is asked to protect the area in front of the two centre halves, win the ball back and to give it to someone to start a counter attack. His primary function is to stop the opposition and win the ball back and we haven't had anyone there doing it.
Do you honestly believe that we would have allowed a two goal lead slip TWICE in recent weeks against Southampton and Reading if Mikel was in the side?
Hopefully the people that have doubted Mikel can now see just how important he is to the Chelsea team playing in this formation and like me, hope he comes back as soon as possible!.
Carefree & KTBFFH
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