Queens Park Rangers coach Steve McClaren has praised John Obi Mikel’s contribution to Middlesbrough in the English Championship.
According to the former England coach, Mikel has been an excellent signing for Boro.
Mikel put up a commanding performance on his fifth Championship appearance as goals from Jonathan Howson and Ashley Fletcher sealed victory for the hosts at the Riverside Stadium.
“I think Mikel has been an excellent signing,” McClaren told Teesside Live.
“You always have that one player who gives you stability, control, never gives the ball away.
“They’ve got one of the best, a Champions League winner. He dominates in there, he takes care of the ball.
“Every team needs a Mikel. He’s certainly the kind of enforcer in there, defensively and he keeps the ball ticking.
“I’ve been impressed with him. He’s given another edge to Middlesbrough.”
Middlesbrough have lost just a game the former Chelsea midfielder has featured in, winning three and settling for a draw in his five league outings.
The Riverside Stadium outfit will continue their push for an automatic promotion spot with a visit to Wigan Athletic on March 2.