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The Rebirth of Victor Moses at Chelsea

Wednesday 30th November 2016
He's seemingly been everywhere, although not making much noise – the Nigerian previously couldn't find a groove after leaving Wigan. That was until, Conte kept him at the club and it was then, Moses was given a new lease of life.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Moses came to Britain at a young age with his family. Schooled in South London, he was soon scouted and signed by Crystal Palace whilst the Eagles were in the Championship. He made his debut for the club at the age of sixteen and soon made an impact, scoring several goals for the Selhurst Park faithful. His skills weren't unnoticed, as then Premier League club, Wigan Athletic signed the young player.

Whilst he spent four years with the Lancashire club, consistency was hard to establish. Whilst it's easy to point the finger at the player for a lack of goals, a large part of Moses' goal void at the DW was due to his teammates. Throughout his tenure with Wigan, he was always part of a relegation battle.

Yet again, though, his talents were picked up on despite the lack of quality around him. Then Chelsea manager, Roberto Di Matteo signed the Nigerian in August 2012. When first arriving at Chelsea, Moses was used as a rotation option. In his debut season for the Blues, he made a lot of appearances across the league, European competitions and the cups. This time was a real uncertain patch for Chelsea football club given the high turnover in management and playing personnel. This inconsistency saw Moses pushed out into the fringes; despite this, he did score ten important goals for Chelsea across all competitions. His goals played a large part of the club's Europa League success, having scored against the likes of Rubin Kazan and FC Basel.
José Mourinho's return to Chelsea sparked Moses' exile from the club for several years. Considered surplus to requirements, he was loaned out to Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers went on record to say that his playing time was limited due to the emergence of Raheem Sterling. Whilst at the club he only made nine starts. After which he had two other loan stints at Stoke City and West Ham United, neither of which could be considered successful. The Hammers did have the option to retain his services at the end of the season, although they chose not to.
One of the few goals Moses scored for the Hammers during his season-long loan.

Despite being with the club for four years and last year signing a new contract, Moses wasn't expected to stay with the club for the 16/17 season. Antonio Conte, however, came along and bucked the trend – and decided to keep the Nigerian at the club. Not only has he been kept at the club, he's been starting games.

He might not have played for the club in three years, but in the space of three months, he's gone from Chelsea zero to hero. He's been an integral part of Chelsea's good performances. Victor is almost the perfect attacking midfielder, comfortable in most areas of the pitch. His football intelligence is impeccable, exquisite on the ball but not greedy with it. Should he sense a pass is on, he'll execute it with ease – long or short. That said, his awareness of the goal is not to be sniffed at. The way he followed in for the goal against Tottenham bared resemblance to a striker's reaction.
Moses' goal against Tottenham at the weekend.

Conte has continually shown his faith in the player, having him feature in both league and cup competitions. He even goes on record with the press, questioning previous Chelsea managers' decisions to let Moses go out on loan. Whilst it seems he's been around forever, he's only twenty-five and will probably be around for some time yet. The contemporary manager certainly won't want him to leave, although his incredible rebirth has reportedly sparked interest with Barcelona.

For now, however, Moses is enjoying his game time and success under this new look Chelsea side.
Warren Smith

A British and J.League soccer enthusiast, now local to Yokohama, Japan. A keen Arsenal supporter. Has been known to play the game every once in awhile, once likened to Xherdan Shaqiri. 


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