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I think whilst the team is struggling to find fluidity Sidwell is probably the better bet than Mikel purely on the grounds of the work he puts in and the fact that he will chase lost caauses more. However once things settle down (and they will) then Mikel is by far the more talented player and gets the nod from me comfortably.

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He's done okay I'd like to see him when we're playing well - reckon he's got a few goals in him. And as in the other posts, he doesn't lunge in with his studs up. To be honest I haven't been impressed at all by MJO so far, personally I reckon he slows our game down too much.

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he's done as well as could be expected, however he is a little out of his depth here.

IMO he wouldn't be guaranteed a place in a midtable side, and he's not a better player than the likes of:

diarra

tiago

smertin

parker

etc.

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He is far better then Parker, I think we all need to see a lot more from him in the blue of chelsea b4 anyone can really pass comment.

I'm rather hoping that things don't get to the stage where we have to see more of him in blue. Without injuries he shouldn't be getting a sniff at regular first team football with us.

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And who should? Mikel? Ballack?

Top 3 for me are, Essien -- Maka -- Lamps ... and I would start with them 3 everytime, unless there is a serious drop in form. After that? I'd pick Sidwell. He hasn't done anything wrong (well okay, handball excluded, but its about time we got some luck) and in a game when we will need to scrap, dig in, win balls, run box to box and generally give EVERYTHING...I'd rather him in my team than the former two.

PS- I am not anti-Ballack icon_rolleyes.gif

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And who should? Mikel? Ballack?

Top 3 for me are, Essien -- Maka -- Lamps ... and I would start with them 3 everytime, unless there is a serious drop in form. After that? I'd pick Sidwell. He hasn't done anything wrong (well okay, handball excluded, but its about time we got some luck) and in a game when we will need to scrap, dig in, win balls, run box to box and generally give EVERYTHING...I'd rather him in my team than the former two.

PS- I am not anti-Ballack icon_rolleyes.gif

Yep - both of those.

Ballack is one of the best midfield players of the last few years and Mikel has a huge amount of potential, is strong on the ball and the most composed and intelligent passer we have. I agree that he needs to watch his temperament - although out of three sendings off two were not justified and the other was for stupidity rather than any dangerous or rash play. Funnily enough it is his attitude that is his biggest danger. Jose had to be quite hard with him and this season he has looked a little lackadaisical at times.

Sidwell is a decent enough and useful back up player to cover injuries and, as you say, for times when we might need some extra bite and scrapping in midfield. I just don't see him as ever being a regular choice ahead of any of the other 5 when they are all fit.

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Mikel is hands down a better player than Sidwell, i'm not sure why are even discussing this. What he lacks is an ability to control his temper and that keeps getting him in trouble on the pitch. He needs to mature,learn and sort out his attitude, in terms of natural ability he is already one of the best youngsters in modern football.

Steve may be a great guy,hard worker and a team player but as talents go he is not in the same league as Mikel.

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I've only really seen Steve play in the Bolton game. I thought he was more in the .... 'i want to try and show that i am useful' by running around and trying too much.

Mikel is more relaxed and plays his game ... I dont think Steve has calmed down yet .. he needs to relax and play his game before I can judge

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Ballack is one of the best midfield players of the last few years

For who exactly?

Germany, Bayern. I know he wasn't great for us last year but then again he wasn't as bad as some think.

Sidwell isn't now nor ever will be fit to lace Ballack's boots in footballing terms. To suggest otherwise is pretty laughable.

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The guy has great potential, Readings best player and spearheaded there championship winning season. Box to box, honest player always gives 100%. I reckon he'd to a job if anyone of our central midfielders were missing. He's only going to get better!

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we have enough "honest* box to box players".

*does anyone else instantly think "limited" when they hear a player described as "honest"? I hear it in my head in a broad yorkshire accent: "He's a good honest pro, the lad, who goes from box to box in all of 90 minutes, commitment personified"

p.s. sounds like i'm on a bit of a crusade against him. I'm not- I like him, decent player, seems a nice guy. hope he proves a more useful player than I think he is.

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