9 clearances, 5 tackles: Chelsea's Nigerian defender wins plaudits against Forest

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Middlesbrough's on-loan Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo won the plaudits for his performance against Nottingham Forest last night after their 1-1 draw.

It was Middlesbrough's defence that won the plaudits in their match with Nottingham Forest yesterday, after a valiant effort saw them claim a point, despite being starved of possession for much of the match.

Although it was a superb team effort, Omerou was the one man in particular that won the praise of both pundits and supporters after the match.

Sky Sports journalist Graeme Bailey was certainly impressed with the young defender's efforts, tweeting:

And he wasn't the only one, as a string of Boro supporters also took to the internet to dish out their praise for the World Cup hopeful.


And there was a lot to be excited about as the 20-year-old from Nigeria proved almost unbreakable for an out-of-sorts Nottingham Forest side, who have now gone five games without a win.

Defensively, the Chelsea starlet was fantastic. He made more four times more clearances than any other MIddlesbrough player for a start, not to mention the joint-most tackles on the pitch.

He also proved savvy with his defending, winning a staggering four offside calls, when no-else on the pitch could get more than one.

Although saying that, he could definitely work on his passing if he is to make to the very top level.

He, along with fellow Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah, made the most passes in the Middlesbrough team. However, Omerou's pass accuracy of 54% leaves a lot to be desired.

Nevertheless, the praise from supporters will no-doubt have Chelsea and Nigeria fans waiting in anticipation to see what kind of state he comes back in after his loan in the North-East.

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