West Brom are interested in signing former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, according to Sky Sports News.
The 33-year-old has been without a club since leaving Turkish club Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March.
The Nigeria international has 89 caps for his country, and has won two Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, and a Champions League over the course of a distinguished career.
It is understood that Albion are one of several clubs who are exploring the possibility of making a move for the enforcer over the coming weeks.
Any deal for the player would be a free transfer.
Mikel’s last stint in England came with Middlesbrough in 2019, where he registered 19 appearances and one goal over the course of a six month spell.
On paper, you can understand the logic behind wanting to being in a player like Mikel.
With a wealth of Premier League experience, he could prove to be an important presence to have around from an off-field point of view.
Indeed, Tony Pulis was full of praise for him when he joined Boro, saying: “He’ll give credit to the other players around him, I’ve spoken to him and he’s done that. You don’t win the trophies he’s won for no reason.
“When you’ve got young players working with a top player who’s won everything in the game, it really inspires them.”
But from a footballing point of view, you have to ask whether signing a 33-year-old central midfielder who hasn’t played in the English top flight since 2016/17 is really a wise move.
This season, for instance, he has made fewer passes per 90 minutes, fewer successful dribbles, and had a lower total action success rate than Romaine Sawyers, as per Wyscout.
If we go up, we want to be bringing in players who can elevate the squad, not veterans who are simply going to pad out the dressing room with more of the same.
We’re afraid it’s a hard pass from us on this one.
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