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How many Nigerians played for Chelsea & where are they now?

21:16 EAT 08/10/2022
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As Ola Aina turns 26, GOAL’s Ed Dove remembers what became of every Nigerian who played for the Blues
  • Celestine Babayaro

    Celestine Babayaro

    A Nigerian pioneer at Chelsea, ‘the African Roberto Carlos’ moved to Stamford Bridge after clinching Olympic gold with the national side, and would win several cup competitions with the Blues.

    His career unravelled after moving to Newcastle United, and he has been a vocal critic of Amaju Pinnick and the NFF since retiring.

  • John Obi Mikel Chelsea Drogba

    John Obi Mikel

    The Nigeria great recently hung up his boots following a glittering playing career in which he spent a decade at Chelsea, winning all there was to win at Stamford Bridge.

    The midfielder also represented the likes of Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Trabzonspor after departing West London.

    He was an Africa Cup of Nations winner in 2013.

  • Emmanuel Sarki

    Highly rated youngster who spent four years at Stamford Bridge—without making an appearance for the club—and also represented Nigeria at youth level.

    He subsequently represented Haiti’s seniors, and spent time in Israel, Belgium and Cyprus during his career.

    Now 34, he’s been without a club since leaving Gornik Myslowice earlier this year.

  • Kenneth Omeruo

    Kenneth Omeruo

    The defender spent seven years at Chelsea without ever playing a league game for the club.

    He spent time on loan with the likes of Middlesbrough, ADO Den Haag and Kasimpasa, and finally quit West London to sign permanently for Leganes in 2019.

    The 2013 Afcon winner is still with the club, albeit in the Spanish second division.

  • Victor Moses - Chelsea 22072015

    Victor Moses

    Another member of the Super Eagles’ glorious Afcon-winning squad, Moses also clinched the Premier League title with Chelsea as part of Antonio Conte’s fine side.

    The Italian’s departure coincided with a slide in fortunes for the Nigeria wideman, and he finally left Chelsea in 2021 for Spartak Moscow.

    He’s scored twice in four league outings so far this season.

  • Ola Aina

    Ola Aina

    Had appeared destined to truly make the breakthrough into the Chelsea first team, Aina did feature three times for the Blues in the Premier League without being able to hold down a first-team place.

    After loan spells at Hull City and Torino, he signed permanently for the Italian heavyweights, with whom he has matured greatly.

    A loan spell at Fulham in 2020-21 ended with relegation, but West Ham United were reportedly keen on bringing the Super Eagles international back to the Prem during the summer transfer window.

  • Ike Ugbo

    Ike Ugbo

    24-year-old forward who’s currently signed to Ligue 1 Troyes after leaving Chelsea permanently in 2021.

    The former England youth international committed to Canada at senior level—despite being eligible for Nigeria—and could feature for the Maple Leafs at the World Cup later this year.

  • Tariq Uwakwe of Chelsea, Tobi Omole of Arsenal

    Tariq Uwakwe

    A promising midfielder in Chelsea’s academy, Uwakwe departed permanently for fourth-tier Crewe Alexandra earlier this year having previously spent time on loan at Accrington Stanley.

    He’s featured for England up to U-20 level.

  • Dominic Solanke

    Dominic Solanke

    Once appearing destined for the very top, Solanke won the Golden Boot at the U-17 World Cup with England in 2017, a tournament that he went on to win with the Three Lions’ youth side.

    Despite this, he was unable to prove his worth either at Chelsea or Liverpool, although after a strong season in the Championship with Bournemouth, he’s already found the net in the top flight so far this season.

    Despite representing England at senior level, Solanke remains eligible for Nigeria.

  • Tino Anjorin Chelsea

    Tino Anjorin

    Poole-born starlet who netted in Chelsea’s 2019 FA Youth Cup victory over Arsenal, and has also featured for England up to U-20 level.

    He’s still on Chelsea’s books, and is currently loaned out to Championship Huddersfield Town, having previously represented Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow on loan.

  • Ross Barkley

    Ross Barkley

    Once tipped to be the next big thing of English soccer, Barkley never quite delivered on that promise, although he has featured over 30 times for England and made over 50 league outings for Chelsea.

    The former Everton wonderkid was eligible for Nigeria via his grandparents, but ultimately sought to represent the land of his birth.

    An FA Cup winner in 2018, Barkley is currently on the books of ambitious French side OGC Nice.

  • Tammy Abraham

    Tammy Abraham

    Enjoyed a decent scoring record for a young striker at Stamford Bridge, Abraham was cut loose by Thomas Tuchel in a move that the club may one day come to regret.

    He’s currently working with Jose Mourinho at AS Roma, having won the inaugural Europa Conference last season.

    Once tipped to represent Nigeria, Abraham ultimately turned out for England, although in recent years, he’s been used sparingly by Gareth Southgate.

  • Fikayo Tomori

    Fikayo Tomori

    Like Abraham, Tomori ultimately opted to represent England despite having the possibility of featuring for the Super Eagles.

    Like his ex-Chelsea teammate, he’s also been struggling to feature for the Three Lions, and may be regretting the decision.

    The 24-year-old was arguably undervalued by the Blues, who allowed him to leave permanently for AC Milan in 2021, following 17 league appearances.

  • Michael Emenalo Jose Mourinho Chelsea 08032015

    Michael Emenalo

    Not a former Chelsea player, of course, but Emenalo played a key role at Chelsea during Roman Abramovich’s tenure with the club.

    The former Super Eagles international worked his way up from Chief Scout to Technical Director, playing an influential role in many key transfers before departing.

    He’s since held a similar position at AS Monaco.