…Makes EFL Team Of The Week
His presence added a lot of grit and perseverance to Middlesbrough’s midfield as they recorded their 14th win of the season against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
After the match, a lot of Boro’s fans took to social media to express their love for the Nigeria global, as they called him “African Zidane”.
The Super Eagles captain, who wears the number 2 shirt for the Championship side in England, was also dubbed African Zidane by some fans.
James @jamesstate09 said on Twitter: “John Obi Mikel is better than Messi”, while LeeWharfe simply said: “John Obi Mikel is like a Rolls Royce”.
Middlesbrough fans are in love with John Obi Mikel and have resorted to compose a special chant for their January signing.
This has sparked off a flurry of praise from appreciative ‘Boro fans, singing “We’ve got Mikel, John Obi Mikel, I just don’t think you understand, This midfield man, The African Zidane, We’ve got John Obi Mikel”. Something Chelsea fans couldn’t do for over 12+ year.
@moxiemyke: I need to watch Blackburn vs ‘Boro match, heard John Mikel Obi was a beast in the centre. Super eagles won’t get beyond the group stage at Afcon without Mikel.
Mikel Obi makes EFL team of the week after impressive performance for Middlesbrough 3 hours ago 2417 views by Oluwatomiwa Babalola – Mikel Obi has been included in the EFL team of the week –
The 31-year-old joined the Championship side in January from Tianjin TEDA on a free transfer – The Nigerian star was heavily praised by Boro fans after a superb display against Blackbrun Rovers Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has been named in the English Football League team of the week after an impressive performance for Middlesbrough over the weekend. The 31-year-old joined Boro on a free transfer after his contract with Chinese Super League side Tinajin TEDA expired last year
. However, after just four matches to his short term deal at the club, the Nigeria international has already won the heart of the club’s fans to himself. READ ALSO: Chukwuma Agbo, assistant Super Sand Eagles coach, is dead The supporters took to social media after their 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers over the weekend to praise the former Chelsea star. Britt Assombalonga scored the only goal that handed the visitors maximum points after the fixture. And after the match, Boro’s fans chanted Mikel’s name, saying: “We’ve got Mikel, John Obi Mikel, I just don’t think you understand, he is the man, the African Zidane, he is John Obi Mikel.”
The Nigerian midfielder has now made the shortlist for the team of the week after showing the quality he was made off in the game. EFL official website explains the star’s inclusion in the list, saying: “Mikel has quickly become a fan favourite at Boro, and it’s easy to see why on the latest evidence.