Michael Essien

Player Profile: Michael Essien
Player Profile: Michael Essien

Michael Kojo Essien is another box-to-box midfielder with the ability to play as a defender as well. He can support the attack and is very physical when it comes to tackling.

Essien began his career playing for Liberty Professionals in his home country. In 2000, he moved to France joining SC Bastia. Essien appeared in over 60 matches before joining league champions Olympique Lyonnais in 2003. At Lyon, Essien won back-to-back league titles in 2003–04 and 2004–05 and also played in the UEFA Champions League for the first time.

In 2005, Essien signed with Chelsea for a fee of £24.4 million and, at the time of his signing, was the most expensive African footballer in history. At Chelsea, Essien helped the club win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups and one Football League Cup. In 2008, he appeared in the UEFA Champions League Final. He has won the Chelsea Goal of the season award twice.

On 31 August 2012, Essien signed a season-long loan deal with Real Madrid. On 3rd November 2012, Essien scored his first goal as a Real Madrid footballer.

Strengths – Intense work-rate and can shoot from far. Can defend and attack.

Weakness – Terrible at heading and at corners.

Career High – In 2006, he won the Premier League title with Chelsea and played for Ghana in their inaugural World Cup in Germany, as well as being nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Career Low – Two years spent fighting knee problems, which forced him to miss the African Nations Cup and the World Cup in Africa in 2010.

Career High – In 2006, he won the Premier League title with Chelsea and played for Ghana in their inaugural World Cup in Germany, as well as being nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Career Low – Two years spent fighting knee problems, which forced him to miss the African Nations Cup and the World Cup in Africa in 2010.

Style – Box-to-box, but can play on the right and left of defense.

Quotes – ”I call him that (daddy) because I see him as like a father. He took me to Chelsea and we have a very good relationship. I understand him very well.” – Essien on why he calls former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ‘Daddy’

Trivia – He is nicknamed ” The Bison”