Kenneth Omeruo

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Kenneth Omeruo
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Personal information
Full name Kenneth Josiah Omeruo
Date of birth (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Abia State, Nigeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back / Centre back
Club information
Current club Middlesbrough
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 25
Youth career
2010–2012 Standard Liege
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Chelsea 0 (0)
2012–2013 ADO Den Haag (loan) 36 (2)
2014– Middlesbrough (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2009 Nigeria U-17 7 (1)
2011 Nigeria U-20 5 (0)
2013– Nigeria 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:24, 19 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:25, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

Kenneth Omeruo (born 17 October 1993) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Middlesbrough on loan from Chelsea and the Nigerian national team as a defender.[1][2]

Omeruo signed for Chelsea from Standard Liege in January 2012 and upon signing went on loan to Dutch top-flight side ADO Den Haag. Then only 19, he impressed enough in the Eredivisie to earn a call up to the Nigerian national team.

Now a regular international, Omeruo has represented Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. Omeruo cemented a place in the starting line-up at the Africa Cup of Nations as it turned into a wonderful tournament for the Super Eagles and they emerged from the tournament victorious.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Omeruo had spells at Sunshine Stars and Anderlecht as a trailist before he was signed from the Anderlecht academy by Standard Liège.[4]

Chelsea[edit]

In January 2012, Chelsea signed Omeruo from Liège and immediately loaned him out to Eredivisie club ADO Den Haag.[5][6]

ADO Den Haag (loan)[edit]

Omeruo joined ADO Den Haag on a 18 month loan deal which kept him at the club until the end of the 2012–13 season.[7] On 19 April 2012, in a game against FC Groningen Omeruo scored his first goal for ADO Den Haag.[8] He is the only player in the Dutch league ever to score a goal, an own goal and receive a red card in one match (against VVV Venlo).

Middlesbrough (loan)[edit]

On 7 January 2014, Omeruo joined Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season.[9]

International career[edit]

Omeruo played for the Nigerian Under-20 team that reached the quarter-finals at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.[10]

On 9 January 2013, at the age of 19 he played for the senior team for the first time in a goalless draw against Cape Verde. He then went on to play in all of Nigeria's matches at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as Nigeria went on to win the competition for the third time.[11]

Later that year he was selected for Nigeria's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and played in all of the three group games as Nigeria finished third in their group.[12]

Playing style[edit]

Omeruo has been described as a "tall, rangy but strong centre-back" and a "level-headed and determined youngster".[13][14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 January 2014.[15]
Club Performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club Season Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
England Premier League FA Cup1 League Cup Europe Total
Chelsea 2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands Eredivisie KNVB Cup Other Europe Total
ADO Den Haag(loan) 2011–12 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2 0
2012–13 27 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 0 0
Total 36 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 2 0
Career total 36 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 2 0
1Also includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield.

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Nigeria

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eredivisie. "Kenneth Omeruo, ADO Den Haag". Eredivisielive.nl. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kenneth Omeruo". Worldfootball.net. 1993-10-17. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Is Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo Chelsea's best kept secret?". BBC Sport. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Meet Kenneth Omeruo, the best Chelsea player you've never heard of". FourFourTwo. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chelsea linked with move for Standard defender Kenneth Omeruo". ESPN Soccernet. 2012-01-07. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea Sign Nigerian Youngster Kenneth Omeruo". Goal.com. 8 Jan 2012. Retrieved 8 Jan 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chelsea linked to Omeruo". Sky Sports. 7 Jan 2012. Retrieved 7 Jan 2012. 
  8. ^ Barry Glendenning. "The Knowledge | English football's only joint own goal". Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Boro Seal Omeruo Loan". Middlesbrough FC. 7 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "U-20 Nigeria international, Kenneth Omeruo set for Dutch debut.". Goal.com. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (10 January 2013). "Nations Cup 2013: Nigeria pick six locally-based players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Meet Kenneth Omeruo, the best Chelsea player you've never heard of". FourFourTwo. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Is Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo Chelsea's best kept secret?". BBC Sport. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Soccerway profile