Jose Mourinho was the manager who brought Jon Obi Mikel to Chelsea, but sooner or later he could become the one to move him on.
Only if the 'Special One', does not like what he sees, and it's debatable whether he does so far.
Mikel has been in and out of the Chelsea side like a yo-yo, starting eight games and a substitute for seven.
He played for 74 minutes against Steaua last night in Chelsea's 1-0 Champions League win, but whether he will keep his place for the weekend game against Crystal Palace is another matter.
He helped Chelsea keep a clean sheet which was vital under the scrutiny of their manager in recent games, but were Chelsea as effective driving forward with him instead of Ramires? The answer there is probably no.
Here are some statistics from his performance last night...
- Mikel completed a superb 96 per cent of his passes, the highest of any player on the pitch.
- He did not make a single tackle, and made just one interception.
- Mikel had one shot which registered off target, and had one successful dribble. He did also make three effective clearances.
The stats only tell you so much however, far more interesting is the interpretation of the performance by Chelsea fans, and warning... it was not all positive.
Tonight showed what we all knew.Ba not good enough.Mikel not good enough.Cole still poor.Hazard a fantastic player.#CFC— frankie09y4 (@frankie09y4CFC) December 11, 2013
Ashley Cole worked his socks off that game and Mikel played amazing. Mikel's best game till this day.— Carmelo Anthony Jr. (@one_iahmed) December 12, 2013
No matter who Chelsea play, Mikel will always be the worst player on the pitch.#Awful— Milan Knezevic (@MilanKnezevic16) December 11, 2013
I wish chelsea got rid of mikel.. Slows everything down , and gives it away all the time! Waste of space IMO!! Id stick Luiz in there— Deano (@Deandawg) December 11, 2013
Chelsea just lack that killer instinct, Hazard takes too many touches, Mikel looks clueless in the final third. Frustrating.— Awoyinfa Ayoola (@Aytwisti) December 11, 2013
Mikel is good defensively but he slows down our play offensively. Him and Lampard together is the kiss of death— Justine (@butterflybesos9) December 11, 2013
I've had enough of Mikel already tonight. We've got to start cutting our losses with players who just aren't good enough— LIAM MORIARTY (@MORIARTYLIAM) December 11, 2013
Good quality of MIKEL is his positioning... N worst Quality is his speed!!!... He is tooo SLOW!!!!— ninad chilap (@ninadchilap) December 11, 2013
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