Mikel Obi played over 300 matches for Chelsea and became one of the most successful Nigerian footballers ever as he won so many titles in West London and also with the Nigerian national team.
Ruben Loftus Cheek donning Mikel’s number 12 Jersey is just perfect, because their playing style is very similar and with the English midfielder’s recent displays for Chelsea in central midfield, he reminds many fans of John Mikel Obi.
John Mikel Obi was a very efficient midfielder for Chelsea from 2006 to 2017. He hardly made errors or mistakes in midfield for Chelsea. He is trusted by his teammates and that’s the same for Loftus-Cheek too.
Mikel was never afraid of receiving the ball. The Nigerian midfielder was a calm presence for Chelsea in the middle of the park and he played that role for years.
Loftus-Cheek also brings calm to the Chelsea midfield although he is arguably more skillful than John Mikel Obi, the difference in skill is not much.
One thing that Loftus-Cheek edges Mikel with is goal contributions, Loftus-Cheek has already scored more than 10 total goals for Chelsea while Mikel only managed 6 official goals for Chelsea in 11 years.
Whatever way you look at it, Mikel Obi’s iconic number 12 shirts at Chelsea fits Ruben Loftus-Cheek style and abilities on the pitch.
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