Former Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel has been linked with a swift return to the English game after the completion of his short-term deal with Middlesbrough.
The 32-year-old is set for African Cup of Nations duty this month, but once Nigeria’s campaign is over he is set to decide his future, with both promoted Championship clubs thought to be interested in signing him.
ESPN report that both Norwich City and Sheffield United are keen on the former Champions League winner, who also counts the Europa League and Premier League amongst the various honours he won at Stamford Bridge.
He played a role in Middlesbrough’s failed play-off charge this season, but is now thought to be interesting the Canaries, who won the Championship title.
With Tom Trybull a key performer in the centre of the park, Mikel would certainly have his work cut out forcing a start, but could his presence help keep them out of the relegation battle this season?
Our FLW panel discuss whether Norwich City should be making a move for Jon Obi Mikel.
“It’s a solid move.
“I cannot see him starting too much but having some Premier League experience in what is a squad that is seriously lacking in it can only be a good thing.
“Mikel did well at Boro despite the club’s form plummeting so I see no reason this wouldn’t work out.”
“I think this goes against what they have been all about over the last couple of years.
“Mikel is likely to be on high wages, whereas Farke has brought in unknown talent for bargain prices, who have a big future ahead of them for sure.
“Nevertheless, he’s an experienced Premier League player who is in the same mould as Alex Tettey, and he’d be a good option to have next year.”
“I think Mikel would be a good signing for Norwich – especially as they’d be getting him on a free transfer.
“He’s an extremely experienced player and did well for Middlesbrough in the Championship this season.
“I’m not sure he’d be good enough to start in the Premier League every week, but he’s certainly a good player to have in the squad and would be able to pass his experience down to some of the younger players in the group.”