Daniel Pappoe has a perfect mentor in Michael Essien

Daniel Pappoe Looks Up To Mentor Essien To Shine At Colchester United

Daniel Pappoe says he has the perfect mentor in Michael Essien to help him achieve success at Colchester United this season.

The 19-year-old central defender is on a six-month loan spell at the U?s from Premier League giants Chelsea.

Pappoe is the latest of a string of talented top-flight youngsters to have spent time with Joe Dunne?s squad.

And he revealed his close bond with fellow Ghanian and Chelsea team-mate Michael Essien is helping inspire him, during his time in north Essex.

Pappoe said: ?I?m really close to Michael Essien and I really look up to him.

?He?s like an older brother to me and when I?m at home, I?m always with him and I speak to him all the time.

?He knows every game that I play and he takes an interest in my game.?

Pappoe will be pushing for a place in Dunne?s all-important starting line-up for Colchester?s League One curtain-raiser at Gillingham, on Saturday.

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