John Obi Mikel has revealed his plan to become a mentor to his Stoke City teammates as he looks to instil a long-lost winning mentality amongst Michael O’Neill’s ranks.
The 33-year-old has become his new manager’s fourth signing of the summer after passing a medical on Monday afternoon.
His arrival was met with much celebration amongst fans at the Bet365 stadium – but it could well be the club’s young players who have the most to gain from his capture.
Mikel has played a vital part in helping Chelsea lift almost every club competition, including the Champions League, as well as leading Nigerian to African Cup of Nations glory.
“It is good when you come into a football club having won so much in the game,” he said to the Stoke City website upon his arrival.
“The players can look up to me and will want to listen to me so now it comes down to myself and what advice I give to the players during the game, and at training, and how I can help them at difficult times.
“I am really looking forward to that.” he added.
Stoke spent the 2019-20 campaign fighting at the wrong end of the Championship table but will now look to launch a push for promotion to the Premier League next term.
Mikel did very little but win during his time at Stamford Bridge and it that mentality that he says he will look to instil in his new teammates.
“There is always a way to win a game and we need to find that way. We need to win, win, win. It is all about winning,” he continued.
“I did that all my life at Chelsea, we would win, win, win. If I can bring that mentality here then I will be very happy.”