Another highly-rated Chelsea prospect set to leave club without a first team appearance

As reported by Gazette Live, Chelsea prospect Kenneth Omeruo could join adoptive club Middlesbrough permanently at the end of the season, upon the expiration of his 18-month loan stay at the Riverside.

The Blues signed the 21 year-old from Standard Liege in January 2012 and although he’s yet to register a competitive appearance for the Premier League leaders, has continued to impress pundits with his role in the Nigerian national team, amassing 17 caps and winning the African Cup of Nations with them in 2013.

Last January, he was sent on loan to Teeside, under the watchful eye of Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Aitor Karanka, now Boro boss, and the deal was renewed for the entirety of the current campaign during the summer. In total, Omeruo has made 25 appearances for the Championship outfit – including eleven this season.

The versatile defender, equally adept at full-back and centre-half, is tipped for a bright future, but his agent has claimed his temporary stay with Middlesbrough could become a permanent one this summer.

“He has a three-year contract with Chelsea and at the end of the season he is expected to return to Chelsea,” agent Chika Akujobi recently told Nigerian news site SL10.

“But right now Middlesbrough are doing good and they are second in the table, and you never know what will happen at the end of the season. I don’t know if I can say he will sign for Middlesbrough because he still has three years to run on his contract, bit maybe it could happen.

“But if the deal is going to happen, that will definitely be between them and Chelsea.”

Omeruo certainly wouldn’t be the first talented youngster to leave Stamford Bridge before making a first team appearance.