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Michael Essien

Number 5

D.O.B.

03/12/1982

Birthplace

Accra

Height

178cm

Weight

85.5kgs

Nickname

The Bison

Position

Midfield

Signed

August 2005

Fee

24.4 million

Former Clubs

Liberty Professionals, Bastia,Lyon

International

Ghana

Pen Pic

The Bison, the Train! Whatever you call him, don`t mess with him.

Michael Essien really came of age last season with some magnificent displays for Chelsea. Often called upon to play out of position, Essien showed that a decent footballer can adapt.

The Ghanaian international gave some outstanding displays at centre half and right back as well as in his usual midfield position.

Unfortunately, his first season in English football will always be remembered for that dreadful challenge on Dietmar Hamman, against Liverpool. Thankfully, a majestic strike against Arsenal, last season, showed exactly what Essien is capable of.

At one stage it was thought Essien would make way for Ballack but now it is the name of Michael Essien that has become the untouchable!


Recently Essien's progression towards greatness, has been hit by bad injuries in consecutive seasons. In 2008/2009 Essien picke dup a bad knee injury that kept him sidelines, however, on his comeback, against Coventry City in the FA Cup, Essien showed us what we'd been missing and he went on to collect a FA Cup winners medal against Everton.

Essien also scored that scintillating volley, against Barcelona, that almost put us into a second consecutive Champions League final.

Currently sidelined with a knee injury Chelsea will be hoping that Essien can comeback to assist with the push for honours come April / May.

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