Hibs midfielder Taiwo happy he worked with Makelele at Chelsea

Hibs signing Tom Taiwo is grateful for his time at Chelsea with Claude Makelele.

Taiwo had massive pressure heaped upon his shoulders as a 16-year-old, when Chelsea paid £5MILLION for him and his Leeds team-mate Michael Woods.

But the teenage prodigy saw a broken leg stunt his development at Stamford Bridge.

He still used his time wisely, though, by studying the performances of former Real Madrid midfielder Makelele.

He told the Scottish Sun: “Claude Makelele was the man I used to look at and try to model my game on.

“But also, because I can run quite well, I don’t really want to pigeon-hole myself as just a sitting midfielder. However, in terms of reading the game, retaining possession, that’s the guy I would look to for inspiration.

“I looked at David Batty as well, and he even chipped in with a good few goals. I’m not promising but I would like to do that at some point.

“He made a great career from doing the ugly things and doing them well, so that’s someone I would look up to as well.”

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