Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka seems delighted to have secured the services of Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo on a season-long loan, following a spell at the Riverside Stadium last season.
Omeruo is only 20 and still has plenty to learn before he can think about challenging the defenders in Jose Mourinho's team at Stamford Bridge, though one his Chelsea team-mates of a similar age has previously spoken highly of him. Nathaniel Chalobah describing him as 'an animal,' demonstrating how competitive the player is.
Boro Head Coach Karanka told the Middlesbrough website: “He is a very important player to us. He’s someone I love to have with us because he’s a player who came here from Chelsea and his mood was always perfect.
“He was always happy and fighting for his position.
“He was handed the opportunity to play in the World Cup and he is now coming back to us a better player.”
Omeruo played 14 games for Middlesbrough last season and his performances during that period managed to secure him a place in the Nigeria side for the World Cup in Brazil - where his country reached the last-16 stage of the competition where they were knocked out by France.
The defender, who can play on the right side as well as at the heart of the defence, has represented Chelsea at under-21 level on one occasion.
Prior to his initial loan spell on Teeside, Omeruo made 38 appearances on loan at Dutch side Den Haag, scoring on two occasions for the club.