It was a glorious return to favour for Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder, John Obi Mikel, during Sunday’s 3-0 defeat of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
After enduring a torrid time on the Blues’ bench under former coach Jose Mourinho, the 28-year-old has now gotten the nod of new coach Guus Hiddink and he is repaying the confidence with important performances like Sunday’s.
Hiddink described his display as “elegant” while stating that he can become one of the key figures of the squad as they try to climb back into reckoning from their present 14th spot.
However, it was in the stands that the midfielder got his greatest accolade when traveling fans chanted his name to the high heavens.
For a player who looked to be on his way out of the side during the January transfer window, suddenly a new lease of life beckons.
Watch video below of fans singing Mikel’s praise:
Ohhh John Obi Mikel!pic.twitter.com/ykrNtwryWs
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