John Obi Mikel, a holding midfielder for Chelsea FC has to make the difficult career decision in the upcoming transfer period as whether to stay at this prestigious club where he is an occasional selection to the starting squad or move to a less prestigious club where he will almost always be a first team selection.
This talented midfielder, a nominee for the 2013 African Footballer of the year, has been an occasional first team selection for manager Jose Mourinho. For a young footballer this can forestall his potential development. A player such as John Obi Mikel can only improve if he is playing consistently and that has not been the case so far at Chelsea FC. Moreover, there is a question as to whether he will ever be a consistent first team selection for this team.
The January transfer window is fast approaching and there has been rumours that several high-profile teams including Galatasaray of Turkey are interested in potentially adding John Obi Mikel to their squad. If these opportunities are real and not merely rumours than he must strongly consider pursuing one of these opportunities. His value as a footballer will soon diminish irrespective of the fact that he is playing on one of the best footballer teams in the Premier League if he does not become a consistent starter. Unfortunately for John Obi Mikel his current playing situation does not indicate that his manager intends to put him in the starting lineup on an everyday basis.
John Obi Mikel must either receive some assurance from the “the Special One”, manager Jose Mourinho, that he intends to make him a regular first team selection and if not he needs to seek a transfer. A footballer cannot develop to his full potential if he is only receiving limited playing time and is unable to play freely while on the pitch. January 2014 will be a very important time for John Obi Mikel and the direction of his footballer career because he must decide whether Chelsea FC is the best place for him or should he move elsewhere.