Much has been made of Chelsea’s successful Nigerian contingent. The Super Eagles managed to pull off something of a shock considering their apparent ‘choke’ mentality by beating off the challenge of the continent and winning out triumphant at the recent African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
John Obi Mikel was one of the best players in the competition while Victor Moses was a potent threat throughout. On top of this they had Kenneth Omeruo starting in every game but the opener.
The on-loan ADO Den Haag defender has been impressive for the past season-and-a-half in the Eredivisie and many a Chelsea fan is looking forward to him returning in the summer.
But now it seems another player who played a vital role in that historic continental victory is more than keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
But this is no wishfully thinking starry-eyed hopeful. Instead this is Ogenyi Onazi of Lazio.
The 20-year-old played every minute of the knockout phase in South Africa and after a trial at Chelsea as a youngster he ended up joining Lazio in 2011.
Since then he has worked his way up through the ranks and, this season, has been a favourite of coach Cristian Ledesma. Last month even saw him score his first ever goal for the Roman side; as you can see below it was quite a goal…
Now he has spoken to Nigerian publication Vanguard about his future career; where he made the admission about Chelsea.
”Well if the opportunity comes, I will love to go to Chelsea,” said Onazi.
However things are going well for him at Lazio so it should not be something of a pressing issue. A fact he also reflected on:
”But right now it’s going well at Lazio and I am enjoying my time in Italy.”
That he is. Despite a recent dip that has seen Lazio drop from second in the table to as low as seventh they are now back in fifth place hunting Milan in third for that elusive Champions League spot.
But at just 20-years-old there is still plenty of time to add this talented midfield dynamo to Chelsea’s already throbbing Nigerian contingent.
Would you like to see Onazi at Chelsea?
image: © governmentza