Former Nigerian midfielder, Henry Nwosu believes Mikel Obi remains one of the best Super Eagles players to have represented the country in the English Premier League.
Mikel who recently walked away from Trabzonspor in the Turkish topflight, played 11 years at Stamford Bridge during which he won the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League, two Premier League and the FA Cup.
Mikel who will be 33 years old on April 22, began his football career with Plateau United of Jos before joining Norwegian club Lyn Oslo at the age of 17 in 2004.
Mikel stayed with Chelsea for 11 years, where he won the Champions League, Europa League, two Premier League titles, three FA Cup trophies, one League Cup and Community Shield trophy.
Nwosu in an interview with Goal.com said that despite the exploits of Nwankwo Kanu, Daniel Amokachi, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Osaze Odemwingie, Celestine Babayaro, Austine Okocha in the Premier League, Mikel still stand tall ahead of them.
“Mikel is ahead of them. He was consistent during his time. He performed so well for Chelsea,” the former Super Eagles midfielder told Goal.
“He is a team player and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the Premier League considering his achievements. He won many trophies.”
“Kanu did not perform as well as Mikel. We are not talking about individual play here but Kanu did his best,” he added.
“Yakubu, Osaze and Babayaro did their best for their clubs but a tree cannot make a forest. Their performances cannot be compared with Mikel,” he continued.
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“Okocha is also an individual player. He excited fans with his skills during his time. He is also a good player.”
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