In recent years Chelsea have used the Eredivisie with great effect regarding loan deals for their young talent with Alex, Slobodan Rajkovic, Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Matej Delac just a few examples of players to go to Holland to gain first team experience with varying levels of success.
At the moment however there is a new kid on the block who is causing a stir in the Dutch top division in the form of Nigerian youngster Kenneth Omeruo. At just 18-years-old he cemented a place in the ADO Den Haag side last season during a late loan spell that has been continued into this season.
He is known in Holland for his strong physical presence that is visible in his already firmly established 6ft 2in frame and stocky chest. Also lightning fast he can operate at both right full back and at the heart of defence.
Not to mention he has also proved himself a dangerous goal threat with his aerial ability a massive bonus and his recent assured performances against Heerenveen in particular has seen him earmarked for a full international call-up.
A Nigerian youth international since Under-17 level he has been mooted as a possible replacement for the disappointing Inter Milan player Obiora Nwankwo in the Super Eagles team under coach Stephen Keshi for the upcoming tie with Liberia in October.
He was signed for an undisclosed fee from Standard Liege in January before being immediately shipped out to ADO and now his career seems to be on an upward trend with a potential place in the Chelsea first team on the horizon.
What do you think of Kenneth Omeruo’s future at Stamford Bridge?
Here he is first pumping up the crowd with a run and shot before heading home from the resultant corner, sending the fans into raptures…
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