Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel started for Nigeria during their 2-1 defeat against England at Wembley on Saturday, and Blues fans on Twitter were quick to urge their club to bring the 84-cap international back to Stamford Bridge.
The 31-year-old spent 10-and-a-half seasons with the west London outfit, whose move for £36m striker would surely seal Alvaro Morata’s exit, before he left to join Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Teda in January 2017, after learning that his contract wasn’t going to be expired at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
Meanwhile, the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley have failed to make an impression in the middle of the park for the Blues after joining following the departure of Mikel, and it could be an area that is a priority to be strengthened by Antonio Conte – or a potential new manager – this summer.
We asked Chelsea fans to vote on our poll to see whether the club should move to bring Mikel back to Stamford Bridge, and a majority 66% said they would like to see the Nigerian back in west London.
Given how disappointing Bakayoko and Drinkwater have been that result is of little surprise, and the Blues faithful obviously feel that their former star still has plenty to offer for them in the Premier League.