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Former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge, and the 33-year-old went on to achieve a hero status at the club.
While Mikel was known for his stout presence in the defensive midfield position, Mikel played a more advanced role for his national team side.
Mikel was the former captain of the Nigerian national team, before his retirement in 2019, and former Arsenal star Alex Iwobi who currently plies his trade with Everton, has revealed how he learnt from Mikel’s ability to hold onto the ball.
“I learnt a lot from Mikel because we play in similar positions. Whenever I’m called I play behind the striker, that’s where he likes to play,” Iwobi said in an Instagram Live.
“In training, whilst watching him on the pitch, whilst I’m on the bench watching him, I’ve always learned, the way he’s physically capable to keep the ball in tight situations.
“Playing in African culture there’s a lot more physicality, there are a lot more strong duels, the way he’s able to use his body is something I have picked up and try to add to my game.”