Kenneth Omeruo

Leganes
  • DATE OF BIRTH*

    17 October 1993
  • BIRTHPLACE

    Obuohia Okike, Nigeria
  • Position

    Defender

A tall, quick centre-back or right-back, Kenneth is a Nigerian international who has played for his country since Under-17s.

Previously with Standard Liege in Belgium, he spent 2012/13 on-loan in the Dutch top flight at Den Haag where he was a near ever-present.

Omeruo was called into the senior Nigeria squad ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and after coming on as a substitute during their opening game against Burkina Faso, he played the full 90 minutes in the following five matches as the Super Eagles reached and won the final, Burkina Faso the opponents at the end as well as the beginning of the tournament.

Omeruo spent the majority of the second half of the season playing in the centre of defence, as opposed to at right-back, were he featured largely early on, and he continued to impress.

He returned to Stamford Bridge ahead of the current campaign and spent the early part of the season training with the first team squad after recovering from a shoulder injury.

In January it was announced he would be joining Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the season.

His first experience of English football proved a productive period in Omeruo's development.

After struggling to break into the side initially, the youngster established himself as a regular at the heart of the Middlesbrough defence.

He played predominantly in the centre of defence but also, on occasion, at right-back, producing consistent performances for the Championship side.

At the end of the season Omeruo was named in the provisional Nigeria squad ahead of the World Cup. In Brazil he played every game as his nation made the knockout stages before being beaten by France.

In August 2014 it was announced he would be returning to Middlesbrough on loan for the 2014/15 campaign during which he again featured prominently, especially in the first half of the season. Twenty-two games were played in a season when the Teesiders made the Championship play-off final.

In July 2015 he joined Turkish side Kasimpasa on loan for the season. He helped the Istanbul club to a seventh-place finish in the Turkish top-flight, starting 26 games including a win over eventual champions Besiktas.

In August 2016, he signed a one-year contract extension and returned to Turkey on loan to join recently-promoted Alanyaspor.

Omeruo quickly established himself as an important member of the side, playing regularly and performing well. He scored his first league goal for the club in a 4-1 win over Andanaspor. By the end of the season he had played 26 games.

He returned to Turkey and his previous side there, Kasimpasa, for a loan for the 2017/18 season, playing 28 times. He also signed a new Chelsea contract until 2020.

Omeruo was named in Nigeria's 2018 World Cup squad and started two matches, against Iceland and Argentina.

In August 2018 it was announced Omeruo would spend the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Leganes in the Spanish top flight.