Michael Essien has firmly established himself at Real Madrid with more playing time at the Spanish giants in four months than the whole of last season at Chelsea.
The Ghanaian has left behind knee injuries and is making the most of his loan transfer to Real Madrid.
The former Chelsea midfield machine has accumulated 942 minutes between La Liga, The Kings Cup and Champions League in just four months with Real madrid.
This means Essien is very close to the number of minutes in action for Chelsea last season.
In 2011-12 season in England, Essien only played 1164 minutes in the English FA Cup, Premier League and Champions Cup.
The lack of playing time at Chelsea resulted in his loan move to Real Madrid at the end of August and coach Jose Mourinho is taking advantage of its versatility.
Mourinho has used him in three different positions; midfield – his natural position, left-back, and right-back.
Even though he is not in top form he has not lost his professionalism and desire.
Essien is gradually getting to know his peers and getting the most of their qualities. Give him some more time and he will be a star for Real Madrid.