O’Neill hails Mikel Obi as “a brilliant signing”

Stoke City manager. Michael O’Neill has hailed John Mikel Obi as “a brilliant signing”.

O’Neill’s men finished the 2020/2021 EFL Championship season with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth.

Mikel Obi made his 39th league appearance in the game and played from the start, as they ended their six-game winless run.

The 34-year-old signed for the Potters on a short-term deal last August and O’Neill have now expressed satisfaction with his contributions.

When asked about the Nigerian midfielder’s performance, O’Neill told Stoke on TrentLive: “Brilliant. I thought he was brilliant. The [control and the] pass he plays for Rabbi Matondo in the first half too.

“I’ve just said to him in the dressing room that I hope we can get that player on loan from Chelsea again next season. Today I thought he looked every bit.

“You can see with performances like that why he was at Chelsea for such a length of time in his career. He’s been a top player who has won everything in the game.

“He’s been a brilliant signing. When we’re compact as a team we get the best of John. He’s very positive around the club, a lot of help for the young players and I’m delighted to have him.”

Before signing with the Potters as a free agent, Mikel terminated his contract with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor during the coronavirus pandemic in March last year.