Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo has revealed in a recent interview why he failed to break into Chelsea’s first team set up during his time with Premier League giants.
Omeruo spent close to 7 years with the Blues but failed to play a single game for the club’s first team and was sent on-loan on numerous occasions.
The Nigerian international joined Spanish outfits Leganes on a permanent deal in 2019 after spending some time with ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Kasimpasa, Alanyaspor on loan.
“I think it’s quite difficult (to play for the first team), mostly because Chelsea is a massive club, who have the finance to buy the best players. And I think from a market strategy, it makes more sense to buy a player from Juventus, who has been hyped,” he said.
“But, sometimes it’s not about the quality like I have been consistent with the National team since 2013, which means I must be doing something good. Aina (Ola) left Chelsea, went to Torino. He was brought back to Fulham in the premiership.
“A lot of players who go on loan are playing and doing well. They (Chelsea) have the money and capacity to buy the best players in Real Madrid or somewhere, and most times, this makes it difficult for the young players to feature.”
The 27-year-old defender also added that he feels Mason Mount wouldn’t have featured for the first team set up hadn’t been the London club were not banned from signing players.
“I think Mason Mount might not have been featured if Chelsea were not banned from signing players,” he added.
“That shows the quality of players they have in the academy; there’s a lot of quality there, but it’s quite difficult to break it into the first team.”