John Obi Mikel inspires Stoke City to 1-0 win over Preston after assisting their goal

John Obi Mikel inspires Stoke City to 1-0 win over Preston after assisting their goal

- John Obi Mikel opens assist account for Stoke City in their 1-0 win over Preston North End

- The 33-year-old directed a superb low cross towards Lee Gregory six minutes before half time

- The victory handed the Potters their first win of the 2020-21 Championship season

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Nigerian star John Obi Mikel bagged his first assist in the colours of Stoke City after inspiring them to a 1-0 victory over Preston North End at the Deepdale Stadium.

The former Super Eagles captain joined The Potters as a free agent last month on a one-year deal and the move has started to pay off for Michael O'Neill's side.

Mikel who played all 90 minutes of the encounter sent in a low cross which was superbly converted by Lee Gregory in the 39th minute and saw them claim maximum points in the end.

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John Obi Mikel inspires Stoke City to 1-0 win over Preston after assisting their goal

John Obi Mikel being tackled by two Preston North End players during their Championship meeting. Getty Images
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The Chelsea legend has featured in all three games for his side since he joined them in August and he appears to be a key part of the team.

He is not alien to the EFL league having spent the second part of last season on a short-term deal with Middlesbrough FC.

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Despite his short spell, he won the supporters to himself much more than they wanted him to stay but for his contract that was not extended.

With today's victory, Stoke are 15th on the table with four points after just one win and one draw in their first three meetings.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will undergo an operation this weekend.

The Super Eagles star pulled out of his country's national team friendly games against Ivory Coast and Tunisia next month after picking up a groin injury in the Foxes' 4-2 win over Burnley last weekend.

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After the game, his injury was assessed by the club's medical team and they came into conclusion that he requires surgery.

Rodgers, while answering questions from the media ahead of his side's crunch encounter against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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