Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has been tipped by one of his old coaches to emulate in-form Blues star Victor Moses at Stamford Bridge.
The Nigerian wide-man has made the transition to wing-back this season after a change to a 3-4-3 formation by Antonio Conte, and his form has been one of the surprises of the season.
Chelsea have not always been known for handing opportunities to their young players, but John Obuh of Nigerian side Kwara United has been encouraged by Moses’ breakthrough this term.
Having worked with Omeruo, 23, earlier in his career, he believes he could make a similar impact if given the opportunity by Conte.
‘All he needs is a chance just like Victor Moses. We all saw how he was sent on several loans but finally got his chance under Antonio Conte, and he is making his mark,’ he told Owngoalnigeria.com.
‘He is very good in playing several roles, due to his training as a full back before he finally settled for a central defence role, you also have to know that he is very comfortable as a defensive midfielder.’
Omeruo is currently on loan at Alanyaspor after three previous spells away from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea star reveals why they’ve let in just 2 goals in 12 games
Thibaut Courtois has revealed the training ground work that has gone on to improve the Chelsea defence and inspire their 12-game winning streak since losing to Arsenal in September.
The Belgium international has been in top form for the Blues to only concede two goals in this run, and says his job is easier since Antonio Conte helped the team tighten up at the back.
The Italian’s switch to three at the back has proven a masterstroke, with Chelsea looking impossible to beat at the moment as they sit six points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
‘Letting in only two goals is amazing,’ Courtois explained.
‘After that Arsenal game we had to build a new thing and we did it well, and there is a lot of hard work in training. It was not just that we did a new formation and it will work.
‘As a goalkeeper it doesn’t change much but now we are more solid at the back than at the beginning of the season, it is harder for people to break us down, and when they do try to score a goal I try to save it.
‘Some other teams tried to defeat us as well with that formation but if it is well-worked like we do it, it is hard to break down and every day in training we do it a lot.
‘That is why we have this run at the moment and we just try to keep it going and we will see in few weeks and months where we are standing, and hopefully we will be there in the race for the championship.’
Hazard: Chelsea have been talking about the Premier League title since August
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed that the squad have been talking about the Premier league title since the beginning of the season.
Despite many believing that the Blues should merely aim for the top four before the campaign started, the team always thought that winning the competition was in sight.
The Londoners have now gone on a 12-match winning streak to leave their rivals behind at the top of the table.
Liverpool are their closest competitors, six points behind, while Manchester City and Arsenal have seven and nine point gaps to make up respectively.
‘We have been talking about the title all season long,’ Hazard told SFR Sport.
‘We always want to win at Chelsea. We’re happy now. I hope we’ll continue like this through to the end of the season.
‘We’re happy, we’re winning matches, that’s the important thing. We’re top of the league, we have to stay there. Everything’s going well.’
He added: ‘We know it won’t be easy all season, we hope it will be. But it’s up to us to do our utmost for this run to continue.
‘It’s an important period. We know that points will be dropped. It’s up to us to pick up as many as possible. We play again in four days. It’s up to us to continue like that.’