Kenya legend Charles Okwemba has picked former Ghana international Michael Essien as the better player over Nigeria's John Mikel Obi during their stints at Chelsea.
"Every coach would love to have a combative midfielder like Essien in his team," Okwemba told Goal in an interview.
"He was a very powerful and energetic box to box midfielder who played passionately and hated losing. One thing with him was his work rate; it was why he was loved at the club and went o b/n to be an asset for the team."
"Essien was a great tackler and adapted fast with the situation on the pitch, but his consistency and attitude always worked for him."
"Mikel yes was talented but is nowhere close to Essien; the latter, literally, fought to help his team. No wonder [Jose] Mourinho signed him for Real Madrid," he continued.
"If given chance, I will choose Essien for my team over Mikel, no two ways about it."