Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel has not played a game this season for Chelsea under new manager Antonio Conte, and the situation has really generated lots of argument and controversies among his fans and also some football experts.
There have been several reports that the Super Eagles captain might be considering leaving Stamford Bridge in the January 2017 transfer window due to lack of playing time this season at Chelsea.
Many have advised Mikel Obi to exercise some patience claiming that his time of active football would come under Antonio Conte, why some are of the opinion that he should move to another club.
Whether Mikel Obi stay at Chelsea in January 2017 or not, here are some reasons that would ever make the Nigerian player a legend at Stamford Bridge.
1. Mikel chose Chelsea over Manchester United
In the year 2005, there was a dispute between Chelsea and Manchester United over the signature of Mikel Obi, but the former Pepsi Academy player decided to sign for Chelsea, and he has been at Stamford Bridge since then. Mikel is also the second long serving Chelsea player after John Terry.
2. He has won trophies
Another reason why Nigerian player Mikel Obi is a legend at Chelsea is the number of trophies he has won since joining the club. Mikel has won the EPL title two times, four FA Cup titles, two Capital one Cup titles, Community Shield, Europa League and the Champions League.
3. Mikel is loyal
Loyalty is the best ingredient for success in any field, and Mikel Obi has exemplified that this season when he countered his national team coach Gernot Rohr over a report that he is being punished at Chelsea for going to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 29-year-old explained that Chelsea coach Antonio Conte supported him prior to the Olympics game.
4. Mikel would never complain
There has never been a report where Mikel Obi has had any burst up with any previous managers at Chelsea. Recall that Andre Villas Boas and Jose Mourinho are managers that have left Chelsea in which there were reports that some players masterminded their departure, but Mikel Obi’s name was never mentioned.