He is a legend at Chelsea FC after making 372 appearances in 11 trophy-filled seasons, but Mikel Obi feels his contribution to the club was underrated.
The Nigerian midfielder joined Chelsea FC in 2006 as an attacking midfielder, one who was only bettered by Argentine superstar Lionel Messi at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Jose Mourinho then Chelsea’s manager elected to draft Obi into a more reserved defensive midfield role at the club. There, he let go of the artistry which made him a subject of a heated transfer tussle between Chelsea and Manchester United to suit his new combative responsibilities.
When asked if his contributions to the success at Chelsea were underrated, Mikel Obi said on Dubai Eye 103.9 radio “ I don’t know, I think, I think for mostly for the Chelsea fans, I think,”
“Yeah, they probably think I was, you know, I’m a bit underrated. But it’s not something that really got to me. “I mean, I was just, they’re doing my work, you know, enjoying playing football and, you know, enjoying being at the club.
“But when it comes down to the national team, I was always someone who is more, you can look at me as someone who was underrated. Well, obviously at Chelsea, you know, like the big names, John Terry, the Lampard, the Drogba, all these guys obviously were always taking the glory every weekend.
‘Players are coming in through the door. I read articles that Todd Boehly is looking at Arsenal’s radar and whoever Arsenal is going for.
‘Some players when you look at them, they’re not Chelsea players. Some of them are not good on the ball. When you look at the way the team was playing before Graham Potter got sacked, nothing was happening. There was no spark.
‘Nothing was going on. When you watch the games, you think where are the goals going to come from? Where is the magic going to come from?
‘With Frank Lampard coming back, he knows the club. Let’s hope we will start playing well and get some good results.’
OSIMHEN TO MANCHESTER UNITED
Victor Osimhen has been mentioned with links to Manchester United following a stellar season with Italian Serie A table-toppers Napoli. Mikel believes his compatriot has the potential to flourish with the Red Devils if he moves to England this summer.
“When you look at Victor Osimhen, I mean, he is doing really well for Napoli. He is playing very well. He is going to be in the market in the summer,”
“I think Man United are going to go for him definitely. He is doing well for me. I think Victor scores goals. That is what he does. He isn’t very technically good but he will get you goals for sure.”
“I think he would be the perfect fit for them [Manchester United]. He would be the finished article for this United team. They play some really good football now. They’re back playing the way United should play. Again, they’re missing that lethal striker. If they could be able to go for him [Victor], if they could be able to get him, he would be the icing on the cake for them.” Mikel Obi opined.