The John Obi Mikel Years: Part Two

The John Obi Mikel Years: Part Two – Big Phil and Guus

IN Mikel’s third season at Chelsea, he had a third different manager to play under. This meant different tactics, different requirements of him, and the need to win over another big name boss. The man appointed was World Cup winning coach, Luis Felipe Scolari, known affectionately as “Big Phil”. Would the 59 year old, whose famous Brazil team featured very attacking wingbacks and often two defensive midfielders, go with Mikel in that role, or would Michael Essien or a new signing get the nod? Read more…


The John Obi Mikel Years: Part One

EARLIER this season, John Michael Obi, or Mikel as he is now known worldwide, played his 250th match for Chelsea. That’s quite an achievement considering the Nigerian – who speaks with more-than-a-hint of a British accent – is only 25 years old. 6 seasons in to his Chelsea career, his contribution is still being belittled by part of Chelsea’s fanbase, as well as by supporters of other teams. Is this fair? Read more…

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Grant James is a professional football analyst and coach who holds a UEFA B Licence, FA Youth Module 2, CAF B License, the Prozone Level 3 in Performance Analysis and has a one-year diploma in Sports Coaching Science from ETA. All views are his own.

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