On-loan winger from Chelsea, Victor Moses, had an impressive season at Stoke City under Mark Hughes helping them finish 9th in the points table above Everton and Crystal Palace.
The Potters are keen on getting the player back next season, but they are said to be waiting on what Jose Mourinho decides to do with the player.
Victor Moses was signed by Chelsea for 9 million pounds in 2012, by then manager Roberto Di Matteo, from Wigan Athletic. After failing to impress Jose Mourinho in the pre-season, Moses was loaned to Liverpool in September 2013. At Liverpool, the Nigeria international was unable to get the desired game time, starting in only 9 matches in the whole season.
After still being deemed surplus to Chelsea’s requirements by Jose Mourinho, Moses signed with Stoke City for a season-long loan in August 2014. He made his debut for the Potters as a substitute in the 1-0 victory at the Etihad. Moses started his first match in a 1-0 win against Newcastle United, where he assisted Peter Crouch’s only goal, and was awarded the man of the match for his performance. On 19th October 2014, Victor Moses won a penalty resulting from a challenge from Angel Rangel while playing against Swansea City, a match Stoke eventually won 2-1.
After scoring his first goal for Stoke in a 2-2 draw against West Ham United, Moses suffered a thigh injury, which ruled him out for eight weeks. On 21st February 2015, Moses scored a 90 minute penalty, winning 2-1 against Aston Villa at Villa Park. He also scored in a 2-0 victory over Everton also.
Victor Moses scored a total of 4 goals, and made 3 assists in 23 appearances for Stoke last season. Apparently, this might seem more impressive than Willian’s 4 goals from 41 appearances or he may seem better than Oscar who sort off lost his form and fell off the radar during the second half of the season, but in hindsight, we realize that Victor Moses is not as crucial to Chelsea’s cause as the players playing in the same position, like Willian and Oscar, or Hazard for that matter.
Victor Moses may have done well at Stoke, but he is not what this Chelsea team needs at the moment. Both the flanks are well covered, with players like Hazard, Willian, Cuadrado, or even Ramires. However, if Moses returns, he will have difficulty getting enough game time.
Moses can be even played as a striker, but playing in that role seems too far-fetched an idea, since even someone with as impressive a conversion rate as Remy seems to get little play time. Moreover, if rumours are to be believed, a new striker is headed to Stamford Bridge in Falcao or Higuain, who themselves may have to play out wide since Costa will definitely be leading the attack after his brilliant first season.
Moses is only 24, and just back from a productive season in Stoke City. This seems the best time for him to be sold, since the flank and forward positions in Chelsea have too many talented takers. Loaning him out again would just be prolonging the problem. Moses himself reportedly rejected the chance to return to Chelsea in January after Stoke offered him to go back to his parent club, since he knew it would be tough for him to get time on the pitch.
Selling him to a club where he starts regularly, for example a club like Stoke City who are willing to buy him, seems the ideal situation for all the three parties involved. Not only will Stoke get a player who flourished under their direct and physical style of play, Moses would get to feature regularly, while Chelsea will be able to get valuable money for a player who doesn’t seem to be in Mourinho’s future plans, which is really vital in this age of Financial Fair Play.
Stoke City are reportedly willing to pay around 5 million pounds for Moses, which is fairly sufficient, considering Chelsea have also received significant amounts as loan fees from both Liverpool and Stoke City. With new players rumoured to be coming in at Chelsea, selling Moses, rather than sending him out on loan, would be in the best interest of both the player and the club.
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire