Middlesbrough fans have taken to Twitter to heap praise on John Obi Mikel’s performance against Blackburn on Sunday, as they ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Britt Assombalonga’s goal.
Tony Pulis’ men snatched their goal in the first-half thanks to a predatory finish from the Congolese forward, before defending their lead professionally to see the game out at Ewood Park.
Boro were helped by Rovers left-back Derrick Williams’ red card right on the stroke of half-time, although they had one of their own players to thank for ensuring that their lead never looked like being pegged back – January arrival Obi Mikel.
The former Chelsea midfielder arrived at the Riverside Stadium last month on a deal until the end of the season, having been a free agent after leaving Chinese side Tianjin Teda.
The Nigerian international may only have made four appearances for his new side, but Boro fans on Twitter are already hugely impressed with the 31-year-old…
— Graham Laverick (@laverick_graham) February 17, 2019
John Obi Mikel is head and shoulders above any other player in the Championship #boro .
— Sir Benjamin Glass (@SirBenGlass) February 17, 2019
WEVE GOT MIKEL
JOHN OBI MIKEL
I JUST DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND
HES TONY PULIS’ MAN
THE AFRICAN ZIDANE
WEVE GOT MIKEL #boro
— Kabir (@kabirdavee) February 17, 2019
In the posh seats today.. Pic of the away end.. Very important win.. I'll say it again, how the hell is John Obi Mikel a Boro player.. Outstanding!! pic.twitter.com/Cxtc5mjWIT
— Lewis Thompson (@LewisThompson7) February 17, 2019
John Obi Mikel is different gravy, level of assurance on the ball that you don't see in this league #boro
— Vickers (@Josh_Vickers000) February 17, 2019
— Arron Lucas (@arronLucas87xx) February 17, 2019
John Obi Mikel is the best midfield ball passer #Boro have had since Paul Okon.
— Geoff (@GL72) February 17, 2019
— Daniel Bennett (@DanielBenno23) February 17, 2019
John Obi Mikel is absolutly outstanding. Such a pleasure to watch this guy.
— Lee Huskinson (@LeeMundoBoro) February 17, 2019
Seriously how have we got John Obi Mikel in a boro shirt here he is absolutely sensational
— Josh Conroy (@JoshConroy9) February 17, 2019