I have being following John Mikel Obi's games and style of play for quite something now, 2005 to be precise I know he (Mikel) has a regular shirt in Chelsea but his role as a defensive mid fielder; i personally think he's overrated. I think he is yet to prove he was worth all the hassle he caused between man utd and Chelsea.
When playing for Chelsea, John is a defensive midfielder but when playing for the Nigerian national team he is a play maker, thus the quarterback or the point guard of the Nigerian national team.
How can a player who plays as a defensive midfielder regularly for his club be used interchangeably as a play maker for the national team? does this sum up Yakubu Aiyegbeni's argument that his (yakubu) lack of ability to produce goals at the just concluded African nations cup was due to lack of world class midfielders/play makers in the super eagles to pass the ball accurately or produce scoring chances? Did you notice how Nigeria's game changed dramatically in the third place match against Algeria? Did you see how well kanu dazzled in that role? (mind you, am not advocating for kanu)
I understand quite well that he (Mikel) started off as an attacking midfielder in the Holland 2005 tournament but that changed over time in the Chelsea squad. Mikel has had more success play as a defensive midfielder in Chelsea, so for how long are we going to continue playing Mikel in a role he has proven over time he isn't a perfect fit for? Can we afford to gamble our play maker role with mikel any longer? especially for the upcoming 2010 SA world cup.
My argument: Is John Mikel Obi superb or simply overrated? (putting into context which ever position is playing both at the club side and the national team).