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John Mikel Obi Super Eagles coach reveals midfielder’s favourite position

Despite playing regularly in the holding position for Chelsea, Mikel has been used regularly as the box-box midfielder in national team duties.

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John Obi Mikel play John Mikel Obi prefers playing in the second holding midfield position for the Super Eagles (Getty Images )

Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf has revealed that captain of the side, John Mikel Obi loves playing in the second holding midfield role.

Despite playing regularly in the holding position for Chelsea, Mikel has been used regularly as the box-box midfielder in national team duties.

John Obi Mikel play John Mikel Obi plays as a holding midfielder for Chelsea (Reuters)

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Speaking in a recent interview Yusuf revealed that the second holding midfield position is the preferred role of Mikel.  

Mikel prefers to play as a second holding midfielder and not the more defensive position he plays at Chelsea,” Yusuf said in an interview programme on Channels TV on Friday, September 30.

Salisu Yusuf play Salisu Yusuf says Mikel prefers playing in the second holding midfield position for the Super Eagles (Getty Images )

 

We (Eagles coaches) sat down with him to discuss his preferred position and he told us he will rather play as a second holding player like what he did at the Rio Olympics. And that was also the position we played him against Tanzania and he played very well.”

John Mikel Obi play John Mikel Obi played in the second holding midfield position for the Dream Team VI during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images )

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Mikel Obi started his career as a No 10 before Jose Mourinho converted him to a holding midfielder in the early days at Chelsea.

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