Ghana ace Michael Essien put up another masterclass performance during the Black Stars 6-1 demolishing of Egypt in a 2014 World Cup play-off on Tuesday to silence his Chelsea critics.
The 30-year-old was on cloud nine at the Baba Yara stadium with a world-class performance that has left many Chelsea fans livid with manager Jose Mourinho for restricting him to the substitute bench.
The former Lyon man underscored his high profile status and reminded Jose Mourinho of his immense pedigree by turning in another superlative performance during the international break for Ghana.
Essien has been restricted to the substitute bench at Chelsea since the start of the season with Mourinho preferring to deploy the perceived unimpressive Nigerian Mikel Obi in that holding midfield role.
Despite being overlooked by the Portuguese manager the Ghanaian international has displayed amazing maturity and earned plaudits from the Chelsea boss for his patient.
The versatile player was bullish, relentless, showed tenacity and never lost a challenge during the World Cup playoffs against the North African powerhouse.
He was simply touted as the man as his vision and command from midfield thwarted the effort of Egyptian dangerman Mohammed Sallah.
The impressive performance of the combative midfielder has silenced Chelsea critics who have questioned his current performance.