Stats: Cahill v Omeruo - Who is the better World Cup Chelsea defender?

Gary Cahill Chelsea

England's Gary Cahill or Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo - who has had the better World Cup so far?

Not to revel in another team's ousting from the World Cup but Bosnia-Herzegovina were eliminated from the competition last night after a defeat against Nigeria. The Super Eagles scored a goal from Peter Odemwingie, which he knocked beyond his club team-mate Asmir Begovic.

Bosnia would have hoped to make it to the next stage of the tournament when they first saw the group. Argentina they would allow to win the group but with the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Senad Lulic and Edin Dzeko in the line-up they would have hoped to come out on top of Nigeria and Iran.

However Manchester City striker Dzeko was shackled in the game by a Chelsea player - the outstanding youngster Kenneth Omeruo.

He joined Chelsea in 2012 from Standard Liege but has spent his entire time at the club out on loan - first with ADO Den Haag and last season Middlesbrough, after recovering from injury.

Chelsea handed Omeruo a new contract in the summer which certainly shows faith in his future ability for the first-team - but will he get a chance next season?

Chelsea have plenty of central-defensive options - however allowed Tomas Kalas out on loan to German side FC Koln recently. With Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma still options however Omeruo looks likely to go out on loan this summer.

But how does he compare to another Chelsea player who has played the same amount of games at the World Cup this summer?

England's Gary Cahill.

  TeamPosGoals ConcededTotal ClearanceDuel WonFoulsOutfielder BlockTotal TackleAerial WonAppsMins
Gary Cahill England DF 4 19 12 3 0 3 5 2 180
Kenneth Omeruo Nigeria DF 0 17 15 1 3 7 6 2 180

Interestingly it would appear that Omeruo is at least on par with his more illustrious team-mate. Omeruo has made more tackles, more blocks, conceded less fouls, won more duels and more aerial battles then Cahill. Cahill has made more clearances but apart from that, Omeruo trumps him.

Of course Cahill has had to face off against tougher opposition in the form of Italy and Uruguay but make no doubt about it, the 20-year-old centre-half has all the ability and potential to one day usurp Cahill in the Chelsea back-line.

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