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Mikel v Wanayama

Mikel v Wanayama

The topic of Mikel is a contentious one and polarising.

While I rate him as a player I find myself leaning, if ever so slightly to those who says Mikel does not suit the style of play Chelsea are moving towards.

I also have a strong suspicion that the club re-signed him so that they get a better price on him when they do sell him. Having said that I also think Mikel's career was spoilt by Chelsea and he should save it by moving to the Serie A, as it would be a place where his traits are more valued.

If we do sell him (not that I`m dying to see it happen), I think Wanayama (Celtic) would be the ideal replacement and would add that steel in our midfield like Essien used to and Yaya Toure does for City.

We could land him at just £12-15nillion and I think Mikel`s sale would cover the cost and ma be even result in a profit (with a faster younger and some would say better player).

I`d hate to see manure snap him up for peanuts.

Would you (the reader) make a move for him?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Time: 7:09PM


honestly it will be tough for Mikel for this point onwards....but the guy is strong he might just respond...if we do sell Mikel, i dont think we need to buy a replacement...we have Romeu who i think can become world class...what we need to get is a deep lying playmaker who is fast both in terms of tot and recovery..'ll take one of Benat/Montinho or Fellanni...then as our youngsters come through we can bed them in..what makes me happy is i am sure the club has a strategy for the future with FFP in full consideration...i might not the details but i am sure we wont do a malaga..happy to be a chelsea fan!!
26/12/2012 19:50:00
Nillion is that a new currency !!
26/12/2012 19:55:00
we are always talking about players at other clubs.. is this a chelsea mentality?? I don't get it.. we have Mikel, Romeu, Ramires and now Luiz!?!? we can't have em all!!
26/12/2012 21:12:00
Mikel is very under-rated. We arent gonna sell him. Wonder why he's played under every manager???? Now he's signed a new contract and people think Chelsea's done that so they could make a profit on his sale? Very funny Saber.
26/12/2012 21:37:00
@Pancake....i simply dont understand it. We have exciting young players coming through...and everyone is simply bent on buying,especially in over-populated positions. It beggars belief.
26/12/2012 21:41:00
@pancake...i dont think any of those you mentioned is an out and out deep lying playmaker...we really need one, Lampard is the closest we have and he is 34 plus it is looking increasingly likely he'll be moving on...there's the excellent Josh who i think should be in the squad next season...but at his age no one realistically expects him to play all the important matches next season...he still needs to learn from a more senior player and rotate with the person...Oscar can function as a deep lying playmaker..but its not his natural postion...we'll have to adapt for me a deep lying playmaker is a need for the team...
26/12/2012 21:52:00
Wanyama is a celtic player,Mikel is a chelsea..i dont get the comparism,i saw the topic and was thinkin its a comparism of their abilities only to see a downgradin of our own and praise singin of another club's player..and u think mikel was given a new contract so he could be sold??the way some of us here devalue mikel he might just do a makalele to us..u dont know the value of what u have until u loose it.
26/12/2012 22:00:00
How disgusting and embarrassing this article sound.Wayama who?just bcos the f{ }cking manure are being link with him then chelsea should waste £12-15m to sign him when we've got josh on loan,ramires,romeu,and even luiz now playing in that role then chelsea should sign wanyama just bcos he fecking score a goal against barca.Very boring article and for the notice whether u like or not mikel has got more 5yrs with cfc so live with it.
26/12/2012 22:40:00
I have never seen Victor Wanyama play and if he was that good any EPL club would have snapped him up by now. We do need a proper pacey deep-lying playmaker like Alonso (too old now)/Benat/Moutinho and those who think Luiz is better than Mikel in every way, you watch against Everton Mikel will start in the DM not Luiz. I know Mikel can't pass the ball like Luiz but he is 100% more disciplined than Luiz. Chelsea will not sell Mikel otherwise they would not have given extended his contract. The reason why people don't notice his Luiz's overall play is because we are winning.
26/12/2012 22:47:00
Its realy embarassing to see how people go to try and denigrate Mikel.Wanyama is at Celtic because he is good enough for them but I do not think he is good enough for top flight EPL. Honestly we would be saying lets buy Mikelif he ws at Celtic right now. Its people who do not understand football and the role each player has in a team that keep expecting Mikel to score as much as Torres. Let me be hones Luiz is not better than Mikel the defensive midfield role. He made more mistakes than Mikel n the game against Norwich and if you knmow your football you will acknowledge that FACT.
27/12/2012 04:35:00
Mikel is truly slow and slows up our attack, but guys there are games where he is best suited than all the flashy players we have in lamps, luiz and even romeu, this lad have given his all to chelsea from day one, and I think the club has a plan for him, I think most fans are grudgingly accepting him as a good player as the abuse on him as now dwindled to he is only slow (which is true though), he is trying not to be mistake prone as usual, I tell u this my friends, if chelsea get a fast CM or succeeds in bedding in luiz as a CM, then don't be suprised if mikel maintains his place in the XI as his slow play will be reduced by the ability of his partner in the pivot, he might just be the shield for the back 4 as usual, offcourse there are games he won't obviously play where the likes of romeu will be preferred to him.
27/12/2012 04:41:00
@Desmond, exactly my tots but you just put it very clearly...I dont think he'll be sold..although i am sure he is not Tubby's favourite..but hey tubby will most likely be gone at the end of the its still interesting times!
27/12/2012 04:53:00
If we need CM, we should go for spanish midfielders. They are quick and technical. I think they are the kind of players who can suit well with the current crop of players. But, given choice, I will go with KDB/Josh/Luiz/Ramires/Romeu/Mikel in the central midfield. They are very much enough for us. In the worst case, we can buy a replacement for Lampard (Pjanic could be a ideal one)
27/12/2012 05:50:00
mikel is too slow for our attacking style....and since the time we have bought him he improvement level is too slow...he has got so much oppurtunity here then any other player here but he hasnt improved at all and neither he has become one of the best dm in the world...its high time rather sell him or utilise as a squad player only when is require he shouldnt start in the first team....he is lucky that chelsea has given him so many chance but he is still improving that the phrase i have been hearing since he has been bought....if any other player had got that much oppurtunity at chelsea today he would had been world class....but mikel he is still the same...chelsea should bring victor or any other player who could give our midfield the zing which we are missing...
27/12/2012 06:31:00
Value what yu have....
27/12/2012 07:10:00
de bruyne for deep lying playmaker. has the ability and vision. an his genk coach himself said that de brunye is class at centre of the park.
27/12/2012 07:59:00
@shlok,how often do u see wanyama play??ffs the guy plays for the best club in the spl where its practicaly a monopolised league right now...mcfadden,miller,gordon,mcClouch and co all came to the epl and were unsuccessful after bein highly rated in scotland.
27/12/2012 08:00:00
believe me, chelsea ha got QUALITY IN QUANTITY in loaned out players. and that too in each and every position. we really dont need to look at all at the players of other clubs.
27/12/2012 08:09:00
I am just worried on the deeplying playmaker role and should KDB is this type of player, please get him back into the team. We need quality player like him right now....
27/12/2012 09:06:00
Lol! Most of you don't know Wanyama. He is really a quality player, he is fast, tackles well, very disciplined, experienced, score goals..... He will not be in Celtic @the beginning of next season, thats for sure. Just watch his performance against Barca in the UCL and you will know all about him.
27/12/2012 09:47:00
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