Former Nigeria international, Henry Nwosu, has told Mikel John Obi to abandon his defensive style and express himself more on the pitch.
The Chelsea midfielder was at his sparkling best, as he captained the U-23 side to bronze at the just concluded Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
Mikel Obi scored once and laid on four assists, as the Dream Team VI won the country’s only medal at the Games.
“I am really impressed with Mikel’s performance at the Rio Olympic Games where Nigeria finished third in the Men’s football of the event. He showed that he’s a player that can play from the attacking line not just for the national team but also for Chelsea,” Nwosu said.
“He must abandon his defensive style of play because it has limited his chances of showing what he’s made of as a player. Regardless of what he has achieved for Chelsea in the Premier League, I still believe that there is more to him than just shielding the defenders of possession of the ball.
“I saw Mikel in 2005 during the FIFA World Youth Championship and I said to myself that this is a great talent for Nigeria and another Henry Nwosu.
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“But after that competition, he joined Chelsea and was not the same Mikel. He was no longer enterprising and advancing and I concluded that Mikel can’t be the No 10 player that we know.”
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