Mikel Obi scores for his new club Stoke City in a pre-season friendly game

Mikel Obi has impressed Stoke City manager with his immediate impact at the club.

Mikel Obi got found the net in his first outing for Stoke City  (Stoke City)

Mikel recently joined the Championship side on a free transfer after staying without a club for a while.

The veteran midfielder was on from the start in the friendly game played at Stoke City’s Clayton Wood training ground and scored their second goal of the game.

He was taken off at halftime.

Since joining Stoke City, Mikel has impressed coach Michael O'Neill who lauded the 33-year-old for making an instant impact in the team with his hard work.

John’s been great in his first few days. You can see his quality, there’s no doubt, people in the group see his quality," he was quoted by Stoke Sentinel.

He has to get up to speed. He worked very hard on Saturday morning (when we had a game in the afternoon), as did Steven Fletcher and Ryan Shawcross.

“I think when you bring a player of that quality in it’s going to improve you and that’s what we’re always looking to do, looking to improve the squad, improve the quality in the squad and John does that.”

Mikel will be aiming to regain full fitness before Stoke City kick off their 2020-21 Championship campaign on Saturday, September 12 with a trip to Millwall.

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