As per reports from England, Chelsea have decided not to loan Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo again this summer and the player will reportedly join up with his teammates ahead of next season.
Omeruo signed for Chelsea from Standard Liege in January 2012 and upon signing went on loan to Dutch top-flight side ADO Den Haag and later Middlesbrough. Then only 19, he impressed enough in the Eredivisie to earn a call up to the Nigerian national team.
Now a regular international, Omeruo represented Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. Omeruo cemented a place in the starting line-up at the Africa Cup of Nations as it turned into a wonderful tournament for the Super Eagles and they emerged from the tournament victorious.
Omeruo will be due back at Stamford Bridge over the summer but, with Chelsea well-stocked at the back right now, his playing chances look slim.
Omeruo stands 6’2″ tall and is very solidly built for a player his age. Omeruo is noted for his raw athleticism at this point in his career, boasting exceptional pace, strength, and leaping ability. At just 21 it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility to believe that he’ll greatly improve in all of those areas either, but I have little concern with this particular player that he’ll lack the physical tools to play center back in the Premier League.