Mikel returns to defensive midfield role

June 22nd, 2018

By Jude Opara, Volgograd, Russia

Following his not too impres­sive contribution as a sup­port striker during the de­feat to Croatia in their first game of the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup, Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi will today return to his famil­iar role as holding midfielder.

This is part of the adjustments Coach Gernot Rohr is expected to effect in his team as they file out against European newcom­ers, Iceland in Volgograd in a game many analysts believe they should win.

Mikel’s role in the Eagles last game has been heavily criticised by his former boss at Chelsea Jose Mourinho who converted him to a holding midfielder in his days at the Stamford Bridge side.

Also former Nigerian captain Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha was not impressed with the role the Tian­jin Teda player was given in that ill-fated game.

Mikel said he wants to lead the team beyond the group stag­es said he is ready to do anything that will revive their World Cup campaign after the disappointing 2-0 loss to Croatia.

Many analysts were sur­prised that the gifted midfielder was played upfront as a support striker while his team lacked the ability to win the midfield battle against the Eastern European side last Saturday.

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