Mikel Stars As Stoke City Secure Win Against Newcastle United | TimeTestedNews

Chelsea icon, John Obi Mikel, was impressive as Stoke City registered a win against Premier League opposition for the second game running after beating Newcastle United 1-0 at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, allnigeriasoccer.com reports.
Michael O’Neill has hinted that the former Nigeria international stands a good chance of making his competitive debut against Millwall next Saturday after he was named in the starting lineup in today’s game.
It was the third pre-season match that Mikel has been included in the starting XI, having also started against Shrewsbury Town and Leeds United.
In a 3-5-2 formation, Mikel was part of a midfield three also featuring Nick Powell and Sam Clucas.
The Stoke City number 13 got valuable game time, spending 76 minutes on the pitch before he was subbed out for Jordan Cousins.
Meanwhile, speculation has heated up about the future of Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo at the Bet365 Stadium as he wasn’t named in the matchday squad to face the Magpies.
Etebo didn’t take part in the friendlies against Linfield, Burton Albion, Shrewsbury Town and Leeds United, and was not in the squad that beat Blackpool in the League Cup.