Kenneth Omeruo has reinvented himself
One of the best thing to happen to any footballer is to play under a coach who has confidence in him: such a player will thrive.
We see players like Taiwo Awoniyi, Nwakali and Henry Onyekuru struggling at the moment; not that they are not good enough but because they are playing under coaches who do not seem to see them as good enough.
Indeed, for many seasons Omeruo was quite nomadic going from club to club without being settled, something that affected his national team career at the time.
However, arriving at Leganes, it was clear that he was in a place where he belongs. “I had several options, but the coach at the time (Mauricio Pellegrino) gave me a lot of confidence and told me that he wanted me to stay, ” said Omeruo in a recent interview.
And stayed he did to enjoy his football whilst reviving his national team career.
His revival and the decline of Balogun in Brighton led to the tearing down of the Oyinbo wall in the Super Eagles as Omeruo partnered Ekong at the 2019 Afcon.
Mikel Agu also had similar problems but he also seems settled in Vitoria SC.
Omeruo has played 9 league games this season with an average overall rating of 6.61/10. The match he rated highest was against Real Betis in August when he rated 7.1.
Although he lost his automatic place to Semi Ajayi in recent matches for the Super Eagles, I have a feeling that Omeruo will fight tooth and nail to regain this, after all, he has been in this position before!