Boro debut: I’m hungry for more goals, achievement says Mikel


After making his debut for Middlesbrough in the English FA Cup at the weekend, John Mikel Obi still believes he has the quality to achieve success with the Championship side.

Mikel according to has tasted success and he is hungry for more.

The former Chelsea midfielder says he is not at Middlesbrough to cruise but insisted that he wants to win more, starting with promotion. “I’ve achieved a lot in my career and I’ve been very, very fortunate but I am still hungry and ambitious to achieve more,” he insisted after making his Boro debut in the 1-1 FA Cup draw with Newport County.

“I always want to win more. I want to make sure I can help this team get promoted and then we will go from there.

“I will give everything. I will give my all to this team and this club and to the fans to make sure that at the end of the season we are all very happy and that we get promoted.”

Being his first match since his last match for Tianjin Teda in a 4-2 defeat at the end of October in the Chinese Super league while his inclusion was unexpected.

“I haven’t played for three months so it was a surprise when the manager said I was starting,” said Mikel, at Boro on a short term deal.

“I still have plenty of life in my legs. It was a good run out, a good test for me. You get your fitness back by playing not by training so I was glad to be out there today.

“I was just happy to get some minutes, feel the ball and smell the grass again, that was important for me.

“I got a very good reception from the fans and that was very important for me. They showed me a lot of love and hopefully I can repay them with good performances week in, week out and hopefully, we can get promoted at the end of this season.”

He described the team as a family club.

“I’m very happy to be here in a Middlesbrough shirt,” he said after playing the first hour at the Riverside.

“The manager spoke to me and he’s a really nice guy. I had a good chat with him and he convinced me this would be the best place for me.

“I’ve been here a few days now and I am loving it. It is a family club. They look after you, they are lovely guys. The dressing room is amazing, the players are amazing, the staff are very welcoming, the training ground is great… everybody has made me feel at home and sometimes that is more important than just playing football.”

Mikel is confident that Boro will make amends in the replay at Newport this week.

“I thought we controlled the game for maybe 80 minutes and had a chance but they finished the game well,” he said.

“It was one of those games. We have to make sure that when we play Newport again we win the game and get into the next round.”

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