Mourinho who coached Mikel when they were at Chelsea has given his opinion on the best position that suits the Super Eagles captain.
Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi is a bad number 10.
Mourinho stated this following Nigeria’s 2-0 loss to Croatia in their opening Group D 2018 World Cup clash on Saturday.
The Portuguese gaffer, who signed Mikel for Chelsea in 2006 and converted him from an attacking midfielder to a defensive midfield, said Nigeria has lost a good defensive midfielder in the person of Mikel.
Speaking as a World Cup pundit on the Russian TV station, RT, Mourinho said, referring to Mikel: “Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10.”
Mikel has often played an advanced role for the Eagles, while he played a much deeper role for Chelsea successfully for close to 11 years.
Mikel was criticised by several other pundits such as Jay Jay Okocha for lacking creativity in an advanced midfield role against Croatia.
Several other observers that reacted to the Super Eagles loss have suggested that the Super Eagles captain be brought back to a withdrawn role for the subsequent group games against Iceland and Argentina.