Chelsea’s Mikel Obi, Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s John Ogu and Granada’s Isaac Success have been nominated for the February Complete Sports Player of the Month.
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Profiles written by James Agberebi:
MIKEL OBI (CHELSEA, ENGLAND)
Since the appointment of Guus Hiddink, Mikel Obi has emerged as a reborn player for Chelsea.
Formerly a frequent bench warmer during the reign of former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who prefered Nemanja Matic instead, things look to have changed for the better for Mikel since the change of managers.
Mikel has become the mainstay of the Chelsea midfield and he was surely one of their best players in February.
On Wednesday, 3 February, Chelsea were guests to Watford City in a Premier League clash at Vicarage Road. The Blues held their hosts to a 0-0 draw, with Mikel posting a solid display while featuring throughout the encounter.
Four days later, Chelsea welcomed Manchester United to Stamford Bridge with Mikel playing 90 minutes. The game eventually ended 1-1, with Jesse Lingard and Diego Costa getting on the score sheet.
Then in the UEFA Champions League tie against PSG, which took place on Tuesday, 16 February, Mikel scored a vital away goal as Chelsea lost 2-1, their first loss since Guus Hiddink took over. It was Mikel’s second Champions League goal ever.
In an FA Cup game against a youthful Manchester City side which was held on Sunday, 21 February, Mikel was in action for the Blues who won 5-1. He later made way for Nemanja Matic with eight minutes remaining.
And on Saturday 27 February, Mikel was also in action for Chelsea, who came back from a goal down to beat Southampton 2-1 at St. Mary’s in the league.
SUCCESS ISAAC (GRANADA, SPAIN)
Alhough Granada are not sitting pretty in the La Liga table (19th), Success Isaac is one player who has been one of the bright spots for the relegation threatened side.
A tireless, hard working forward and a regular, Isaac, who has four goals in 24 appearances, has a big part to play if Granada are to escape the drop to the Segunda division.
Isaac was in action for Granada in their home league game against Real Madrid on Sunday, 2 February. Granada went on to lose 2-1 but Isaac featured for 90 minutes in the encounter.
On Sunday 14 February in a La Liga game, Granada went away to face Real Sociedad but lost 3-0. Isaac maintained his place in the team, as he played for 90 minutes.
In a home clash against struggling Valencia on 21 February, Isaac was in action for 90 minutes but couldn’t prevent his side from losing 2-1. He also got yellow-carded in the game.
Against Deportivo La Coruna, Isaac was on from the beginning as he helped his side to a 1-0 away win. He later went off in the 92nd minute for Lomban.
The young Nigerian often gets Granada fans off their seats whenever he is on the ball running at opponents and creating scoring chances. He was one of Granada’s top players in February.
JOHN OGU (HAPOEL BE’ER SHEVA, ISRAEL)
John Ogu has been instrumental in Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s rise to the top of the Israeli league table.
The big central midfielder has contributed in no small measure in the club’s brilliant run of form, which has taken them five points clear ahead of Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Not known for his goal-scoring prowess (three goals in 23 games this season), the former Academica player’s influence in his current side can never be underestimated. And it will be hoped that he maintains his good form as they continue the quest to clinch the league title.
Ogu was on target in Hapoel Beer Sheva’s 2-0 home win against Maccabi Netanya on Saturday, 6 February. He scored on 67 minutes to secure the win for his side.
On Saturday 13 February, Ogu helped his side beat Hapoel Haifa 2-1 away from home. He was on throughout the game.
Against Bnei Yehuda at home on Monday, 22 February, Be’er Sheva won 2-0, with Ogu featuring for 90 minutes against the visitors.
Ogu scored his second goal in February in a 2-1 away win against Hapoel Kfar Saba. Ogu who played for 90 minutes, netted the winner to hand his team all the three points.