Now Victor Moses is someone who often split opinion at Chelsea but there is no doubt he played his part in a couple of successful campaigns for Chelsea and will leave with the reputation as someone who always gave his all on the field.
Now Moses has not officially left Chelsea but a week before the January transfer window deadline he sealed a move to Turkish outfit Fenerbache on an 18 month loan deal. The Nigerian fell very far down the pecking order under the new tenure of Maurizio Sarri and with Victor being almost 30 when he returns there is a slim chance Stamford bridge will witness Moses play in a Chelsea shirt again.
This is the Victor Moses tribute article.
Victor Moses was signed from Wigan Athletic in 2012 in a deal that dragged on for a long time, Wigan finally accepting the fifth bid of approximately £9 Million. After making his debut as a substitute against QPR Moses went on to score on his full debut, a 6-0 League Cup win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
During the 2012/13 season Moses made 44 appearances in all competitions for the Blues which wasn’t bad considering he was only brought in to be a squad player. The highlight from the Nigerian in this season was when he scored in both legs of the Europa League quarter final and semi final as the Blues progressed to the final in which they ended up victorious.
Unfortunately for Moses, the tenure of Jose Mourinho begun the following season and the impact was such that many thought Moses would never get back into Chelsea’s team. Mourinho arrived at the beginning of the 2013/14 season and Moses was instantly on loan to Liverpool.
Despite scoring 12 goals in his opening season at Stamford Bridge the next three seasons out on loan saw only 10 goals scored by Moses as ventures out at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham were ultimately unsuccessful.
However, 2016/17 saw a new opportunity for Moses with the arrival of eccentric Italian boss Antonio Conte taking the managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
After being the substitute winger in the first few games, it did look like Moses may struggle to really ever break into the first team again but back to back League losses led to Conte introducing the revolutionary 343 formation. Despite never playing there before Moses was named the starting right wing back and produced a man of the match performance as the Blues won there first game in the new system 2-0 against Hull City.
Moses was to maintain his position all season long as Chelsea went on a 13 game win streak and recorded a then record of 30 League wins. He was playing in a totally new position after three seasons away but Moses was one of the clubs constants in the League and played 40 games across all competitions, scoring four goals in a more defensive position.
2017/18 saw the arrival of Italian Davide Zappacosta at Stamford Bridge to challenge Moses for the right wing back spot but this was a battle Victor eventually won, starting in the victorious FA Cup final and making 38 Blues appearances in all competitions that season.
Moses once again scored four goals in a Chelsea shirt that season and put in a solid performance as Chelsea beat Manchester United to win their 8th FA Cup trophy.
Despite losing his place once again in a new 433 system from Maurizio Sarri, it is fair to say despite limited opportunities in his time at the Bridge Moses did contribute a lot and Chelsea fans should give him nothing less than gratitude for his service.
By Joe Martin
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