John Mikel Obi admits he can see no end to his five-and-a-half-year goal drought, such is the team’s reliance on him as a defensive cover.

Speaking to fans via Twitter, the midfielder, who last scored for Chelsea back in early 2007, said it does bother him slightly when people criticise his lack of goals.

‘It does a bit,’ he said. ‘I’m not always in a position to score, so I don’t score, that’s the truth. I’ve always had to sit back and keep the shape.

‘When I go forward nobody will cover for me so the midfield is open. I hope people see this because I don’t know when that goal is going to come! I think I would have to change my position slightly to score goals.’

Mikel also revealed that he believes each of our new summer signings will go on to make positive impacts at the club.

‘They’re all very good, very talented players in different ways,’ he said in response to @NaimVanDerRoss. ‘Everyone has been talking about Eden, but Marko has been injured unfortunately. Oscar will contribute as well. For this short period of working with the team people have already seen what they can do. They will all be great additions.

‘Victor Moses is a good guy,’ he added. ‘He has come in and he’s a bit shy but as time goes on he will settle in. He’s a fantastic player, a good addition to the team and when he settles he can show off what he can do. He’s very skilful.’

Mikel also admitted to missing his good friend Salomon Kalou at Stamford Bridge, and says he hasn’t replaced him with a new best friend yet, though Petr Cech and Daniel Sturridge are now in competition for the Ivorian’s worst dressed player at Chelsea title.

Mikel was also asked by @SeBlueLion who his toughest opponent in his Premier League years has been.

‘I think the toughest I played against is Steven Gerrard,’ he said. ‘I think he’s very tough, the way he goes about his game. He doesn’t give the ball to you, he’s skilful and technically sound. He doesn’t shy away from tackles and he gets stuck in. He’s the one.’

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