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Hughes: Moses Will Be Massive For Stoke City

Hughes: Moses Will Be Massive For Stoke City

Mark Hughes says he is looking forward to working with his latest acquisition Victor Moses after capturing the signature of the highly-regarded Chelsea forward on a season-long loan, according Stokecityfc.com

The powerful Nigeria international is in the frame to make his Stoke City debut against Europa League side Hull City this Sunday after putting pen-to-paper on a temporary agreement last weekend.

Super Eagles star Moses, rose to prominence during an explosive start to his career at Crystal Palace, before his form in the top-flight for Wigan Athletic prompted Chelsea to pay out £9 million for his services just two years ago.

Despite netting ten times during his one and only full campaign at Stamford Bridge, the 23-year old was allowed to join Liverpool on loan last term where he struggled to make a major impact.

“Victor is a really good player – I think that goes without saying,” Hughes told Stoke City Player.

“He is incredibly powerful, he has really good pace too and he can cause a lot of problems to the opposition.

Hughes’ belief in the Kaduna-born forward will be evaluated on Sunday as reports in the local media back home in Nigeria has it that (coach) Stephen Keshi opted not to include him in Nigeria’s squad for the double African Cup of Nations qualifiers in September against Congo DR and South Africa due to poor pre-season form.

“We are really pleased that he is here with us, because like a few of the other lads we have in the squad he is able to come up with something a little bit different.

“Sometimes when a game is tight you just need an individual to change the game for you, and Victor has the qualities to be able to do that.”

Hughes however hinted at the battle for places in the Potters’ side now where every player must fight for a staring place.

“We have a number of those players here at the club now, and that is why I am happy with the make-up of the squad.”

He added: “You need players who are able to do something off their own back, which will hopefully enable us to take the game away from teams.”

The game against Hull City which parades recalled Super Eagles forward Sone Aluko will be played by 1.30pm Nigerian time.

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