Kenneth Omeruo got the chance to be part of a big team at a very young age. Signing for a club like Chelsea might have been his childhood dream and it would have seemed like the beginning of something big.
There were certainly going to be ups and downs but going six years without making a single appearance for Chelsea was certainly not on the cards, and with less than two years left on his contract, what should definitely be on the cards is a move away from the bridge.
Omeruo shot into the Nigeria limelight after his impressive performance at the 2013 African cup of Nations, helping the super Eagles lift the trophy for the third time in their history.
Despite establishing himself as a full super Eagles international, Omeruo is yet to make a single appearance for his parent club, Chelsea FC. The blues have continuously farmed him out to various ends of Europe to gain playing time and experience.
Chelsea’s inability to develop young players from their youth ranks or their loan system has been condemned by many sport pundits. Infact only Courtois of those players loaned out had gone ahead to establish himself as a first team regular.
Defensively, Omeruo might have been better than both of Chelsea’s starters at the heart of defense, Rudiger and Luiz. Both players have achieved a combined 1.7 interceptions per game while Omeruo alone has gained 1.5.
Omeruo likes to play long balls and clear the ball out of defence.
Chelsea’s current coach, Maurizio Sarri clearly prefers his defenders to play the ball on the ground and build from the back.
David Luiz has had a big number of 76.3 passes per game while his defense pair, Rudiger has had 77.3 . Omeruo however has managed 25 passes per game this season.
It is clear Omeruo has to improve his passing stats if he has to stand a chance to break into this Chelsea side. Sending him to La Liga might have looked like a good idea as the style of play in Spain favours Sarriball.
His loan spell at Leganes however hasn’t been going too well. Due to work permit issues and injury, Omeruo has only played 131 La Liga minutes this season.
The Nigerian defender has even lost his place in the Nigerian starting eleven. An indication that something drastic must be done to salvage this very promising career.
Twenty five is not too late to start rebuilding a career. Omeruo needs to find a home and that home doesn’t seem like it’s going to be Stamford bridge.
A home improves a player and get him more familiar with his teammates rather than been loaned out to different clubs where he has to build a new relationship with the players and staff every season.
African players are also known to peak at a young age and decline very early in their career. Omeruo might just have very little oil remaining to burn and if any further time is wasted, it might end up as another disappointing Nigerian career.
Constant loans out of a club is frustrating and this might continue as long as Sarri remains the coach for the reasons I mentioned earlier.
A permanent move out of the bridge should be placed as a priority now for Omeruo.
It is better to play consistently and build your statue in a mid table team than to be kept on the pay roll of a big team without any major achievement.