He’s been fantastic since he came in to join Middlesbrough in January, hasn’t he? John Obi Mikel swapped China for a return to England as he left Tianjin TEDA and came to the Riverside as a free agent in January.
Mikel was tasked with helping Tony Pulis’ side to reach the play-offs, which seemed a more than achievable feat at the time as he bolstered the quality in midfield for Boro.
Not only was his ability in the middle of the park very handy to calm the proceedings but his winning mentality and know-how that was nurtured at Chelsea made the move to Boro look a very astute bit of business.
The 32-year-old protected the backline well and suited Pulis’ regimented style of nullifying the opponent’s attacks as soon as possible. He featured in 19 games across the Championship and the FA Cup, starting all of them and even captaining the side in the latter stage of the season.
With Mikel’s contract now expiring, that poses the question as to what is next for the Nigerian international?
When asked about his future, Mikel told BBC Tees: “I still want to win trophies, I’ll go somewhere where the players, the team, the fans, the staff, want to win.”
Potentially, there is a chance could stay at Boro and help towards a promotion push next season, which Steve Gibson should do his best to ensure is the outcome as he has clearly shown his talent in a Boro shirt this season.
But if he chooses not to extend his deal in the North East, then Mikel will surely have numerous offers from across English football, potentially even some of the lower-places Premier League sides, as well as other teams in Europe, where he could go and continue to win trophies as he wishes.
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