Middlesbrough fans are drooling over Mikel Obi since his sensational transfer to the English Championship side so much so they have nicknamed him a Rolls Royce, Britain’s state-of-the-art car.
The former Tianjin Teda midfielder who made his fourth start out of the five he has clocked for the English Championship side played all 90 minutes in the encounter at Ewood Park.
Although Britt Assombalonga’s 19th minute header made the difference for Boro to earn all three points, Mikel, no doubt has stamped his authority in the middle of the team to earn the respect of Manager Tony Pulis.
Mikel was key in the 3-4-2-1 formation adopted by Pulis. The former Chelsea star played a deep-lying role.
The 31-year-old who racked up two dribbles, made one tackle, struck one shot and had a pass success rate of ninety percent, as per whoscored earned the plaudits of his club fans in magnificent style.
Mikel joined ‘Boro on a free after he parted ways with Chinese club Tainjin Teda.
His new club won 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers today with the Nigeria star playing in the heart of the midfield for the entire duration.
They are fifth and within the promotion playoffs bracket with 54 points from 32 matches.
This has sparked off a flurry of praise from appreciative ‘Boro fans.
Middlesbrough fans fascinated about Mikel Obi's perfomance have composed a song for the Nigerian captain dubbed the "African Zidane." pic.twitter.com/924F1D5L2J
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