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Kenneth Omeruo suggests he's heading to Middlesbrough on loan

The Nigerian would be a great addition to Boro's squad, and should help them move up the table in the spring

Clive Rose

It's been pretty clear for a bit that Chelsea were going to send Kenneth Omeruo out on loan this spring, as the defender has recovered from shoulder surgery and looks to be somewhat buried on the Chelsea depth chart. Today the Nigerian spoke to the BBC, and seemed to confirm that he'll be heading to Middlesbrough.

"This loan move is important because I have a good chance of playing regular football. I should also be in a good situation to help the team fight for promotion, you know nothing is impossible in football."

"Training with the first team at Chelsea is just not good enough for my progress and development. More significantly I was highly recommended by Jose Mourinho and that feels good. Both coaches speak to each other on a daily basis so I believe I'll be in good hands. Apart from playing regularly and helping the team, this provides me with an opportunity to be sharp for the World Cup."

I'll be fairly pleased with this destination, as I grew a bit fond of Boro last season when they took Josh McEachran on loan. The club currently sit six point from the final promotion playoff spot, though they're also in 15th place. It should be an interesting fight as the spring wears on, and hopefully Omeruo will help shore up their leaky defense.

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