On his way out? Mikel Obi-Wan to leave!
The signing of Nemanja Matic has been pivotal in Chelsea's recent form. Since the Serbian signed for Chelsea, we have conceded just f...
The signing of Nemanja Matic has been pivotal in Chelsea's recent form. Since the Serbian signed for Chelsea, we have conceded just four goals in a run that has taken us to the league summit. For John Mikel-Obi however, he has had to settle for life on the Chelsea bench and if reports are true, is now considering his future in West London.
According to one report, Mikel (26) has decided that he does want a new challenge in his career with reports that Galatasaray are "very interested" in his services.
I think the best way to describe Mikel is like Martmite, you either love it or you hate it and it's pretty much the same with the Chelsea fans. Hate is too much of a strong word but there are certain sections of the Chelsea faithful that do not like him playing in our midfield. That's not personally but because they believe he slows the game down and affects the way we play.
Personally, I believe that Mikel is the best naturally defensive midfielder we have at the club as somehow, he always manages to get himself in the right positions at the right time. Don't get me wrong, Nemanja Matic is not far off him now as the improvement from when he was here before is for all to see. The difference with Matic is his use of the ball and that's been key for me since he made his return to the club.
Looking at the way we play now and it's all about pace and flair. We are at our best moving the ball quickly and I guess Mikel at times does have a tendency to play it sideways or backwards more often than forward. That could be a throw back to the days of Drogba though if you think about it. Back then, the emphasis was to be patient and to retain possession of the ball. When the moment was right we looked for a ball up to Didier and played off of him.
We have seen football in this country evolve since the Premier League started. Managers have changed their tactics and formations left, right and centre and if anything one position remains a constant in ALL of those decisions - the holding midfielder.
In my eyes, you can never have enough defensive midfielders in your squad and you would not find much better out there at the moment, with the addition of experience than Mikel. I just wonder if he fits into Mourinho's plans for the future?
I personally hope he stays. What do you think?