TV pundit Paul Merson wants Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to sell Mikel Obi in the January transfer window.
Mikel,28 has made five Premier League appearances for the stuttering Blues this season and could make his 230th appearance for the Blues in the league if he gets to feature at the King Power stadium on Monday.
Merson believes wielding the axe on Cesc Fabregas, Loic Remy, Mikel and Radamel Falcao could turn Chelsea’s season around.
Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star: “Chelsea need a January clear-out – so they can break the bank for Harry Kane.
“And I would start by getting rid of Cesc Fabregas. He was brilliant when he first came back to England but hasn’t been good enough for months. They’ve been carrying him.
“Then there’s John Obi Mikel. Doesn’t he want to play football? They’ve been trying to get rid of him for months but he’s still there picking up a cheque.
“Radamel Falcao hasn’t worked either, that was a lazy signing in my opinion. He was the best centre forward in the world once but he’s a shadow of that player.
“And Loic Remy should go too, he’s just not good enough to play in a top-four team.”