Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has said he expects Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo to be a better player after the World Cup in Brazil.
Omeruo has officially rejoined Championship outfit Middlesbrough on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
“He (Omeruo) was handed the opportunity to play in the World Cup and he is now coming back to us a better player,” Karanka told The Northern Echo.
“He is a very important player to us. He is someone I love to have with us because he’s a player who came here from Chelsea and his mood was always perfect. He was always happy and fighting for his position.”
Omeruo played all four matches involving Nigeria at Brazil 2014.
The 20-year-old Omeruo made 14 appearances for the Championship team last season after he made a switch from Stamford Bridge to the Riverside in January on loan.
Omeruo is back on a second loan spell with Middlesbrough despite interests from EPL sides like Hull City and QPR.