Kenneth Omeruo is one of the best Center backs in Spain, maybe also across Europe’s top Leagues and for avoidance of doubt his numbers; even in just the early days, prove he deserves in to in the discuss.
Omeruo who is on loan from Chelsea has made four previous moves in search of first team football and topsy turvy as his journey has been the Nigerian is showing great adaptability and the stats prove he is heading up.
Fascinating enough, the Omeruo who could have been given the chance to play in the Premier League by his parent club is doing a better job than David Luiz.
Another interesting comparison is the Nigerian’s numbers alongside Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk.
Only two years older, Van Dijk is the toast of many and has been regarded this season as possibly the best CB in the game… but hold up.
The Dutchman has made 18 league appearances for the Reds a total of 1585 minutes; 734 more than Omeruo, but the latter has made more tackles (1.1 – 1.6) and more interceptions (1.1 – 1.4) in only 9 games for Leganes.
Van Dijk edges the Nigerian only slightly in blocks (0.6 – 0.5), Omeruo having more dribbles (0.1) to VVD’s none per Whoscored.com [all the stats are courtesy the football statistics web page].
However, overall both Van Dijk (7.46) and Luiz (7.22) are rated higher than Omeruo (6.77), obviously for the number of league games, but the young Chelsea loanee has shown he deserves to be mentioned in the same breathe.
He only of the three was at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the Netherlands did not qualify and Luiz was ignored outright by Brazil’s head coach Tite.
Another season in that upward trajectory and Kenneth Omeruo could find himself in some very star-studded circles.