Former Super Eagles headcoach, Samson Siasia has warned that anyone who wishes to talk to Mikel Obi to raise his game, should equally be ready to take a slagging from the Chelsea defensive midfielder. Mikel has been criticized in recent weeks about his game following back to back mediocre performances.
And Siasia, who lined up the midfielder for the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup and then dropped him for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said that Mikel does not welcome criticisms.
�Someone would have to talk to him. But to talk to Mikel, you have to be ready for your own beating,” Siasia told Africanfootball.com.
This further confirms the awesome player-power the Chelsea star wields in the Super Eagles.
Siasia said that it will be up to Mikel to take the responsibility to step up his game.
�From what we have seen and what people are talking about, they don’t think he is giving his best. But he should be able to criticise himself,” argued the coach.
�He should do a self-critique. If he believes he is not doing well, he has to try and up his game.
�He has been watching the games from the World Cup, if he thinks he is not doing well, why is he not scoring, he has to be able to look at those videos and see the areas he needs.
�Nobody has to tell him. He is a professional. So, I am not going to criticise him. He has done well for this country but if he is not doing well like he used to, then something has to be done.”
Siasia equally conceded he is �confused” about whether the best position for the player is as a defensive or attacking midfielder.
�I am actually confused on that one, I don’t know anymore,” he admitted.
�As a defensive midfield player, it doesn’t mean you should not go forward or try to take some shots at goal. (Nemanja) Matic is doing it, Ramires is doing it, so how come Mikel is not doing it? Why can’t he cover the box-to-box play. If you don’t get into the box, you can never shoot at goal. So, that is his problem.
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