Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined Super Lig outfit, Kasimpasa on loan for the 2015-16 Turkish League season.
Omeruo joined the Blues in 2012, expecting to feature in the first-team in few years to come but rather to do that, he witnessed the fate endured by other Chelsea youngsters – loan moves. He is yet to feature for the first team despite receiving praises from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Middlesbrough’s Aitor Karanka in the past.
The 22-year old Nigerian is set for his third loan spell since signing for the Blues after making 33 appearances on loan at Middlesbrough in the English Championship last term.
The Nigeria international defender was an integral member of Aitor Karanka’s team, alongside other Chelsea youngsters, Patrick Bamford and Tomas Kalas. However, Kalas has returned to the Riverside stadium on loan again, while Bamford has joined Crystal Palace in a loan deal.
He becomes the first player to join the Turkish side on loan this summer, and is expected to challenge the likes of Ryan Donk, Orhan Sam and Mert Kula for a starting shirt in the Apache’s first team squad (via Goal).
After joining Chelsea, Omeruo was sent out on loan to ADO Den Haag for 18 months. The Super Eagle then returned to Stamford Bridge and was farmed out on loan again to Boro, as the London club’s star-studded squad is practically hard to break into for any youngster.
It is hoped that Omeruo will excel at Kasimpasa – who finished 13th last term – and where expectations are a bit lower. The club have an option to sign him on a permanent basis should he succeed in his loan adventure.
A permanent move away for Stamford Bridge will likely benefit Omeruo’s career, with Mourinho not considering him as evident in his pursuit of Everton’s John Stones who is two years younger than the Nigerian.
He will now have the chance of testing himself against world-class strikers like Robin Van Persie of Fenerbahce and Galatasaray’s Lukas Podolski.