Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo joined Chelsea in 2012 but has spent all five seasons since as part of the Loan Army, going to four different clubs in the process. In the last two seasons, he’s played for Turkish clubs Kasımpaşa and Alanyaspor, respectively, establishing himself as a key player for both.
The 23-year-old returned to Chelsea this summer with the intention to leave the loanee life for good. Accordingly, he’s been training with the Chelsea Development Squad. Links with Championship club Wolverhampton were dismissed, but multiple offers from Turkish clubs have arrived at his agent’s table. Still, Omeruo wants to stay in England and perhaps prove his worth at the top level.
"Yes, I do have offers for Turkey but I am focused at staying in England should the right opportunity present itself. If not, I will consider alternative options. The EPL is a great league. Very challenging and one that I know I can handle when given the chance."
-Kenneth Omeruo; source: The Nation
Omeruo has plenty of experience, both with Nigeria at the international level and with his various clubs at club level. He’s proven capable, if inconsistent and Middlesbrough in England’s second tier and he’s proven quite capable in the Turkish league as well. Making the step up to Premier League could be the next logical step, but unfortunately for him, there have not been too many, if any, rumors linking him to such a move just yet. While it’s good to be ambitious, Omeruo might have to settle for a move to a less glamorous destination eventually...