John Obi Mikel names most skilful Chelsea player

John Obi Mikel picked two players as the most skilful in the Chelsea ranks.

Speaking to the official Blues website, Nigerian international Mikel selected Eden Hazard and Willian as the two most skilful players.

In an interview with the site, Mikel said: “I’ll go for Willian and Eden Hazard. They’re both very quick and technical. It’s very difficult to get the ball off them. Willian is just too quick, he has quick feet. He waits for you to make the first move and when you do, he’s gone.

“Hazard doesn’t run around much in training, but you just give him the ball and let him do what he does. What you can do sometimes is just kick them!”

Admittedly, it is a hard decision to make, with a host of players in the Blues ranks considered as some of the best in world football. Hazard and Willian can be joined by the likes of Oscar, Cesc Fabregas and new boy Juan Cuadrado as being exceptionally talented on the ball, whilst Mikel himself has proven to be something of a star with his technical ability.

However, if having to pick one, Hazard is the name that many would select above all others. The Belgian international winger is truly a throwback to the old style of winger, who would take people on for the sake of it. Without ever looking like expending energy, the 24-year-old has been one of the standout players in this season’s Premier League, and his performances have evoked the likes of George Best and Garrincha - who played creatively for the sake of playing.

However, many players of that mould would be considered luxury players in today's game, and Hazard has also become a defensive workhorse since Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge. Now covering every blade of grass, the winger always tracks back and helps his teammates out, and it has been his work ethic and desire to improve that should see him claim the Ballon d’Or in the future.

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