Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo made the headlines last week when he was granted a work permit to play in England, though his lack of the appropriate paperwork meant that he'd not be joining up with the first team in New York. This cast his short term future in some doubt, as with the club seemingly set on keeping Tomas Kalas around, minutes might be hard to come by going forward.
The Daily Mail (and others) are rporting that there are a handful of clubs looking to bring Omeruo in on loan this year, with Liverpool and Swansea being the big names of the bunch:
"Liverpool are showing interest in taking young Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo on loan. Swansea and West Bromwich Albion have also expressed an interest in the Nigeria international."
I can already hear you typing furious comments about why we'd never loan the player to Liverpool, but I certainly wouldn't go as far as to rule it out immediately. Here are a few reasons why:
- Liverpool aren't all that deep with better options. They have Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, and Daniel Agger at the moment, but a sale of Skrtel or Agger would certainly leave a lot of minutes to be filled.
- Liverpool play a style that should really benefit his development. Like Swansea (who would be my preferred option here), Liverpool tend to play a possession based game that involves lots of touches by the center backs. It would be an excellent learning experience for him, and would certainly be better than playing for a route one team like West Ham.
- We wouldn't be strengthening a direct rival, but we'd potentially be hurting them. If we're fighting for a place with Liverpool at the end of the season, things have gone horribly wrong. Kenneth Omeruo would make Liverpool better, but he's not going to close the gap between the two clubs. He would, however, make the Anfield club more likely to nick points off of some rivals, as he'd be eligible to play against them.
- I still like Brendan Rodgers. He became less cuddly when he never used Josh McEachran, but he still did generally good things while he was at Chelsea.
Id much prefer to see Omeruo loaned to either of the other clubs mentioned, largely because I'm pretty neutral on both of them. Swansea would be my ideal destination for the defender, with West Brom coming in a distant second. I'd certainly listen to the proposal from Brendan Rodgers though, as if he's expecting to lose one of his players, Liverpool wouldn't be a awful place to send him.
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