By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi could extend his resurgent form and winning streak under interim boss Guus Hiddink when The Blues face Scunthorpe in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Mikel is yet to lose a game under the Dutch coach in 19 matches and counting, Completesportsnigeria.com has learnt .
The Nigeria international who has been touted as Chelsea's unlikely hero in his 10th year at the club, has been impressive in his last three games for The Blues.
According to Opta Statistics, the 28 year old star has helped The Blues to 14 wins and five draws under Hiddink, fueling speculations that he could be the catalyst to turn round the fortunes of the club.
The 28-year-old tackled, blocked, cleared and intercepted well at Selhurst Park to produce an unrivalled 95.1 per cent pass completion rate.
It was the fourth highest accuracy by any player with 80 or more passes in a Premier League game this season, according to Opta Statistics.
Interestingly, Mikel who is poised for his fourth start against Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup 3rd Round has already played 225 minutes under Hiddink in the Premier League this season, compared to the 177 he had in eight substitute appearances under Jose Mourinho.
Hiddink said: "I think John Obi can be one of the key figures in bringing back balance.
"He reads the game very well, he knows where the strength of the opponent is and knows how to combat that. He has very good sense, he doesn't do it in a brutal way, he's very elegant. Someone who can defend so smoothly is very beautiful."