MIKEL: IT WON'T TAKE LONG

Posted on: Mon 16 Sep 2013

John Mikel Obi discussed Samuel Eto'o after our new signing made his debut at Everton, and believes a player of his calibre will adapt to the demands of the English game quickly.

Eto'o was chosen to lead the line at Goodison Park and played the full 90 minutes, with Fernando Torres coming on to offer support as we pressed for an equaliser.

Eto'o a chance early on, a header which went wide from a Ramires cross, but Mikel saw enough in his performance to suggest he will be a major asset in the months ahead.

'He's a great player, a fantastic player, and you could see that by the way he played against Everton,' said the Nigerian. 'That's why the manager brought him here, he has a lot of trust in him so let's wait and see.

'The English league is a very difficult league to adapt to and it was the first game for him. He did pretty well so let's see how it goes for him.

'It took me around six months to a year to adapt, but someone like Eto'o, who has a lot of experience and has played in so many leagues, it won't take him that long to adapt.

'He looked sharp, it won't take him long to get back to full fitness. He's a world-class player and we just need to keep helping him to adapt to the Premier League.'