He can battle in midfield just as well as he can play the Braveheart theme on his piano. Stephane Omeonga has quickly took to the hearts of Hibs fans and many will be gutted his short stay in Leith will be coming to an end soon.
Signed on loan from Serie A side Genoa in January, the Belgian midfielder has been a revelation under Paul Heckingbottom. He took a few games to get settled at Easter Road. Now he is playing out of his skin on a regular basis, comfortably being Hibs’ best player in recent weeks.
Omeonga is loving life in Edinburgh and the fans love watching him. He’s also an important cog in the Hibs midfield now and Heckingbottom will be keen to hold onto the player.
There have been various rumours swirling over players who are in the frame for joining the Hibees next year. If Heckingbottom was only going to sign one player though, it has to be his Belgian workhorse.
An Omeonga loan deal is manageable
Fans will begin to question what he can’t do. He is a fantastic pianist and an excellent midfielder. One thing they would love to see is Omeonga in a Hibs shirt next season.
He never gives up, constantly running and hassling opponents for the duration of the 90 minutes. He leaves it all out on the park and more, looking likely to run through a brick wall for the cause at any minute.
Arguably he’s been the star man under Heckingbottom. The Belgian has quietly went about his business in midfield and the Hibees will miss him when he eventually leaves. You’ll find it hard to find someone else who has as much passion and skill in equal measure.
A return to Easter Road isn’t off the cards. He may still have two years left on his Genoa deal, but the midfielder isn’t keen on a move back to Italy. Added to the fact his current manager at Hibs wants to exploit the loan market, a potential loan deal is there.
How much Genoa would command for the Belgian if the Hibees wanted him permanently is unknown, but a loan deal is workable. Hibs get his services for another year and Omeonga enjoys playing football with a team he has grown to love.
Hibs are also a great springboard onto bigger things, which the likes of John McGinn has proved. Another loan deal may benefit both parties.
It would be great to see Omeonga back in Scotland next season. He is a credit to his adopted club and you’ll never be able to accuse him of not giving 100%. He’s a vital part of Heckingbottom’s side at the moment and the former Leeds United boss should be doing everything he can to bring him back next year.