Jose Mourinho has expressed his opinion over the growing debate of Mikel Obi’s no. 10 role in the national team, the Super Eagles. Obi who has played a deeper midfield role for over 11 years in club football has been drafted into a more advanced role in the national side.
His lack of pace, agility, poor shots and lack of vision have been a telling factor for the Super Eagles team.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has joined the Mikel Obi debate.
Mikel has often played an advanced role for the Super Eagles while he played a much deeper role for Chelsea successfully for close to 11 years.
The Nigeria captain, now 31, appeared out of sorts on Saturday playing behind lone striker Odion in the 2-0 defeat to Croatia in their Russia 2018 World Cup opening clash.
Mourinho, who signed a young Mikel for Chelsea in 2006 and converted him from an attacking midfielder to a defensive midfield, has agreed with those calling for the Tianjin TEDA star to be deployed in a deeper role.
On the Russian TV station RT, where he is working as a World Cup pundit, Mourinho said, referring to Mikel: “Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10.”
The Super Eagles, who have failed to advance the two previous times they lost their opening games, face Iceland on Friday needing a win to keep hope alive.
Nigeria lost their opening group match to Croatia by two goals and would need to defeat Iceland on Friday to keep hopes of reaching the second phase of World Cup alive.