For me, I've been very annoyed at Essien, he's a wonderful man and player and I aknowledge that back home, people like him and Drogba are Gods. Over the last 3 years he hasn't played much for us but nobody doubts his skill and ability. This season though...I was ready for him to have a full season and repay us of what we've been missing for so long, driving play forward, winning balls and being a genuine threat on the pitch. This hasn't been the case for me and I don't think he's performed much since he got sent off vs Fulham at home (I do credit his performance vs Utd at home though, which I thought was quite well). I know it's sounds like a lot but I expected this to be his best ever season for us and that hasn't been the case, when I saw him get that injury I was resigned to him missing the remainder of the campaign and probably being sold in the summer.