Chelsea Transfer News: Why Blues Need To Replace John Obi Mikel

Chelsea need to buy a new central midfielder who is capable of playing simple balls and breaking up play.

The Community Shield curtain-raising game revealed plenty, but one of the most notable things was John Obi Mikel's incompetence.

Can't play the simple balls

One of the most basic elements a holding midfielder must perfect is passing simple, tidy balls.

Chelsea struggled throughout the game to maintain any degree of control and this was largely down to Mikel's inadequacies in the passing department.

He misplaced simple ball after simple ball much to fury of his team mates.

Doesn't make the right decisions

It's not often Mikel has to make a tough or crucial decision on the field, but when he does he gets it badly wrong.

He lingers and dallies on the ball, puts his centre-backs under pressure and misses opportunities for through-balls.

Considering he started as an attacking midfielder and infact starred for Nigeria in the Olympics in this role in the past, this lack of decision-making is a surprise.

Doesn't defend well enough

As an anchor man, your primary job is to break up play. Mikel's 1.5 interceptions per game and 1.6 tackles per game last season represent a pitiful attempt at asserting yourself in the midfield.

Other holding midfielders, such as Stiliyan Petrov or Scott Parker, easily doubled these statistics.

Statistics via WhoScored?

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