Arriving at Easter Road during the January transfer window, you could be forgiven as a Hibs fan if you had no idea who Stephane Omeonga was when he joined on loan from Genoa. Fans are well aware who the Belgian midfielder is now though.
The 22-year old took a few weeks to get settled in Leith, but he has since became a key component in Paul Heckingbottom’s Hibs side. He’s played in 12 games for the capital outfit and has been a star turn in recent weeks.
His energetic performances have earned him a call-up to the Belgium U21 squad. Omeonga thoroughly deserves the chance to earn a sixth cap for the Red Devils.
He came to add energy to the Hibs midfield and he’s went above and beyond that expectation.
Plenty more to come
Omeonga’s performance against Motherwell was perhaps his best all round display in a Hibs shirt. One moment he was pressing the Steelmen’s defence and the next he was in midfield or defence trying to win the ball back and drive his team up the park.
His remarkable engine is what makes him so good. The Belgian doesn’t stop whilst he is on the park and becomes a nightmare for the opposition. Whenever Omeonga is near, opponents know they won’t have time on the ball, often forcing them into stray passes and poor decisions.
He has showed regular bits of technical class too throughout his short career in Leith. His pass to Mark McNulty in the 2-1 victory over St Johnstone was sublime. It sent his side on their way to a crucial three points in Perth. That’s just one example in a line of great pieces of play from the 22-year old.
Omeonga is the ideal box to box midfielder who leaves everything out on the park. As good as he is at winning the ball, he can turn defence into attack very quickly, something which has been key for Heckingbottom’s side.
The only negative for Hibs fans is that the midfielder is only on loan until the end of the season. With the performances he is turning in just now, it’s likely parent club Genoa will want to use him next season.
He might not be there for long, but it’s clear to see Omeonga is loving life in Leith. He is playing excellently and the fans are slowly beginning to see him as a cult hero figure. The Easter Road faithful should enjoy the Belgian’s time in Leith while it lasts.