He’s dazzled in the Cup of Nations, he’s won the Europa League, he’s shone in the Premier League for Stoke City, but in the end, it seems as though all Jose Mourinho wanted from Victor Moses was a strong showing against Ney York Red Bulls! Ostensibly, the Nigerian looks to be one of the key winners from Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the United States.
In the space of a few games, the Nigerian international has gone from Pensioners outcast—the forgotten man of Stamford Bridge—to a potential ‘player’ for the reigning English champions. Now, it seems as though the Super Eagle is back in favour, and could have a role to play in the EPL next term. “I see him fitting in.
He’s strong, he’s experienced, he knows the Premier League well, he’s fast, he’s aggressive,” the coach began. “Okay, he has to play with us. But I’m happy with his week, with his 45 minutes and the next match (against Paris Saint-Germain) he will have 45 more minutes.
But Victor has had an evolution in the last couple of years.” Moses scored in that match, and demonstrated his ability to terrorise defences with his pacey, direct and, most notably, powerful forward play.
Immediately, the news seemed positive. Moses’s early performances in a Chelsea shirt—after leaving Wigan Athletic in 2012—were encouraging, if somewhat unrefined, and he demonstrated quickly that he could be an effective impact substitute for the Blues.