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John Obi Mikel is still vital for Chelsea

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John Obi Mikel might not be one of the best players in terms of attacking, but you cannot underestimate his skills when it comes to defending, and every team needs a big, defensive midfielder.

Mikel, at only 18 and with just six appearances at his former club Lyn Oslo, he arrived in west London to play under Jose Mourinho.

After the Portuguese coach left Stamford Bridge, Mikel has kept his place at Chelsea, but has never been regarded as a regular first-team player.

Now, when Mourinho has came back to lead Chelsea for the second time, he would welcome an offer for the Nigerian, and moves to join former team-mate Didier Drogba has already been rumoured, and Mikel also wasn't so keen to stay at the club. 

"I have played at Chelsea for a long time and it's now time for me to leave," he was quoted by the London Metro earlier this summer

"I'm still only 26 and it's great to receive an offer from a club [Galatasaray] playing Champions League football and doing well in the competition."

Yet I think that Mikel could still play a vital part at Chelsea's road to glory this season under Mourinho. If you watch closely, every big team has a big defensive midfielder who sits just in front of the defence to clear the balls.

Barcelona have Sergio Busquets, Manchester United have Michael Carrick, Real Madrid have Sami Khedira, Juventus have Andrea Pirlo and more.

And it's always important that in a big crucial game when you lead by just one goal, you will have that player to help defend and clear balls, last season, Mikel has showed great form under Roberto di Matteo. 

Mikel had 87 per cent successful passing in the Champions League, Europa League and Premier League, and combining that with his defensive stats, Mikel is maybe not that good when it comes to scoring goals, but can still be vital for Chelsea.

 

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