SLAVEN BILIC admitted Victor Moses needed “a push” to produce good performances regularly for West Ham last season – but he is glad that the Nigerian has proved himself at Chelsea.
Moses has been a revelation in his new wing-back role in Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side this season, as they have rocketed into a 10 point lead at the top of the Premier League.
On Monday night the 26-year-old faces the club where he spent the whole of last season on loan, West Ham at the London Stadium, as Chelsea aim to take another step towards the title.
Last season, in his third loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, Moses made 26 appearances as a winger, scoring two goals.
And Bilic revealed that West Ham’s star man last year, Dimitri Payet, rated Moses as the best player at Upton Park.
The West Ham manager, whose team will go into Monday night’s (8pm) match on the back of a run of one defeat in six games, said: “Of course Victor always had it in him.
“I spoke to Payet, and he said that Victor, even including himself, was the best player that we had at West Ham then.
“So it was about time that he showed what he had in himself and exploded in a positive way – and he has done it. He looks very concentrated and very serious. He has become a tough player. I’m not surprised, I am glad for him.
“His potential was always amazing. But sometimes you had to push him to do it day in day out. Now he is doing it.
“He has done amazingly to keep his place in such a good side – a place that probably was anything but guaranteed at the beginning of the season. But he proved himself – playing in a position that was not his ideal.”
Bilic is confident that key striker Andy Carroll, who has returned to training after missing the last two games with a groin problem, will be fit to face the Blues.