Essien Set For Real Madrid Debut, Named In Squad To Face Sevilla
Posted On Saturday, 15th September 2012
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien is set to make his Real Madrid debut on Saturday after being named in the squad to play Sevilla on Saturday.
The on-loan Chelsea star joined the Spanish giants two weeks ago after enduring a torrid time at the English club so far this season.
Even though he was part of the Real Madrid team when he joined the club two weeks ago he was not even on the bench.
Now he has been named in the full squad which means he is likely to play his first match for the club today.
Essien was out of favour at the Premier League club, Chelsea, who now have a lot of players to fill his place in the midfield.
Since the Ghanaian midfielder has not been performing up to the mark, Jose Mourinho decided to take him on loan during this summer transfer window and the former Chelsea star is now going to play for Real Madrid at least for this season.
Michael Essien is considered to be a smart signing made by the Portuguese mentor, as Real Madrid do not have a lot of players who can play in the holding midfield position.
Lassana Diarra has left the Spanish capital and might not be joining the Spanish club ever again; therefore, Jose Mourinho made sure that there is suitable replacement for him in the Real Madrid locker-room.
Even though Essien is not going to be a first-choice player for Real Madrid, he will get more time on the pitch as compared to Chelsea, who recently won the UEFA Champions League and are willing to compete for the Premier League this season.
Michael Essien will be replacing either Sami Khedira or Xabi Alonso in the Real Madrid first-team and since Essien rarely goes out on international duty, that will add up to Jose Mourinho’s advantage as he can rest his star players who get tired while being out for their national countries.