What should Chelsea do with their other Nigerian Afcon 2013 hero?

Talks are under way between Chelsea and Kenneth Omeruo's loan-side ADO Den Haag in regards to his footballing location next season. Should Chelsea call him back or give him another year in the Eredivisie?

Nigeria confounded their doubters with an African Nations Cup victory in South Africa last month courtesy of the heroics of Sunday Mba and a collection of Chelsea players.

While the duo of John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses were always expected to have a massive impact on proceedings the other Chelsea player involved in the success was a slightly more surprising revelation.

Forging an imposing defensive partnership with Godfrey Aboabona was Kenneth Omeruo; the 19-year-old defender who is on loan with Dutch outfit ADO Den Haag.

His performances in Africa would have surely caught the eye of potential suitors who would have been green with envy when discovering the ADO Den Haag mark on his club category was simply due to an 18-month-loan agreement from Chelsea.

Signed from Standard Liege in 2012 he has barely spent any time at Chelsea since signing for the club but that could and should be set to change.

Not only has he been winning international medals for the Super Eagles but his performances in Holland have also been eye-catching. Whether at right-back or at the heart of ADO’s defence he has helped the side stay in contention for European football next season with a series of assured performances in spite of the clubs current financial difficulties.

Now the subject has quickly turned on to what Chelsea do next with this teenage defensive talent.

Reports in Holland have suggested the two clubs have already met in regards to the matter in which Chelsea made it clear to ADO representatives that Omeruo will be a part of the Chelsea first-team squad next season. Although the same source (Voetbal International) also said that he could still remain in The Hague for next season if Chelsea cannot find a place in the first team for him.

His international and club team-mate Moses is in little doubt of his potential:

"I couldn't believe it when he said he hadn't played in the African Nations before. He was really strong and is a good defender. He is a great lad and a player for the future."

Whatever happens with Omeruo next season there should be little doubt that this is a young player Chelsea can nurture to become a regular first-team player at the club. Whether that involves another loan-deal or not next season remains to be seen but for Kenneth Omeruo the future is going in one direction.

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