Michael Essien, after missing large parts of the club’s double-winning campaign, has come back with a vengeance for Chelsea this season.
‘The Bison’ may not be dominating the headlines with goal-scoring performances or creative industry, but his performances have been equally as brilliant.
Essien’s personality off the pitch closely matches the way he goes about his business on it – silent but deadly.
Filled with humility and good mannerisms equally combined with on the field combativeness and destructibility, qualities that have cemented Michael Essien’s position as one of the best midfielders in the world.
Victories over Arsenal, Spartak Moscow and Wolves in October coincided with imperious midfield performances from the Ghanaian, typically filled with marauding runs and relentless energy, typifying his dominance over his opponents.
Even in the defeat to Manchester City at the end of September, and the following league draw away to Aston Villa, Essien was head and shoulders above his teammates on a day when the side failed to match the lofty standards set in previous games.
Much can be said about the quality of a player when a teammate of the calibre and experience of someone like Frank Lampard has hardly been given a mention this season, such has been the high-quality performances of Chelsea’s midfield general that is Michael Essien.
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