Stoke City manager Michael O’Neil still expects John Mikel Obi to play a key role in the Potters push for promotion this season, Completesports.com reports.
Mikel linked up with the Sky Bet Championship club this summer after severing ties with Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.
The midfielder has missed Stoke City’s last seven games across all competitions through injury , but O’Neil believes the former Chelsea star can help the club secure a return to the Premier League.
“For 10 years this Club was used to playing the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and of course we harbour ambitions to have that here once again,”O’Neil said after his side’s Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
“We’re not there yet at this minute in time but we are trying to build a team to get back there. We’re clearly not at full strength but we find ourselves in a good position.
Source: Complete Sports