More playing time could be on the cards for Nigeria international Mikel Obi having won the praise of interim boss Guus Hiddink in the 2-2 draw with Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday
Mikel who replaced Cesc Fabregas in the 46th minute of the game and almost got the winner as his 20- yard shot missed narrowly was credited for bringing stability to the Blues and this may open doors for games for the Nigeria midfielder.
“I liked our intensity but we also have to look for a balance in the team. It’s a very attacking-orientated team,” Hiddink told the Chelsea website.
“When we have a midfield with all creative players it’s beautiful but sometimes you need a balance and I thought John Obi gave us that balance.
“When you have the creative players such as Matic, Oscar, Willian coming inside and Cesc as well, sometimes you have to choose in a different way.”
Mikel is just one of the two Chelsea players on ground who were with the club in Hiddink’s first spell.