Chelsea starlet Kenneth Omeruo has set his sights on the first team after a memorable two months for club and country.
The 20-year-old made his first appearance for the Blues at any level in an Under-21 match against West Ham United in October, and then helped Nigeria secure their place at the World Cup last weekend with a play-off victory over Ethiopia.
Indeed, the unheralded youngster is a regular for the Super Eagles, playing every match in their African Cup of Nations success last January.
He told the official Chelsea website: “It's a great feeling to qualify for the World Cup. The last time we didn't qualify for the Nations Cup, even though I wasn't involved, I know the supporters didn't take it lightly, so we knew we had to make it to Brazil, and I'm happy to be part of the team.”
The Blues snapped up Omeruo back in January 2012, and he subsequently spent a season-and-a-half out on loan in the Netherlands with ADO Den Haag.
But, now back at Chelsea, he’s looking to build on the experience gained in the Eredivisie, and challenge for a place in the first team at Stamford Bridge.
“My biggest goal is to play for the Chelsea first team and establish myself as a regular in the side,” he added.
“For now, I just want to concentrate on playing my football for Chelsea but of course I want to make the Nigeria squad for the World Cup in the summer as well.”
Omeruo will know that a place in the first team will be anything but easy to gain, with the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and David Luiz all vying for opportunities under manager Jose Mourinho.
The youngster has already made huge progress however, and will undoubtedly believe he can make it to the very top in west London.
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