If you had told 11 year old Victor Moses that he’d one day be a Premier League, FA Cup, and Europa League winner, AFCON, he might not have believed you. Moses had an extremely tough start to life, with his parents killed during religious riots in Nigeria, which in turn forced him into hiding. Relatives then managed to get him to the UK where he could claim asylum, eventually ending up with a foster family in South London.
Despite such difficult experiences, Moses excelled at football, eventually being scouted by Crystal Palace during a local league game. Moses rose through the ranks, eventually debuting for the senior team aged 16 in a game against Cardiff in the Championship.
The next few seasons at Crystal Palace proved that Moses was destined for big things. Wigan, then in the Premier League, came calling in 2010 after Palace went into administration, and Moses was soon playing up in the North West. He eventually gained a regular first team place following the departure of Charles N’Zogbia.
The biggest step in Moses’ career so far came in 2012, when Chelsea brought in the winger / full back (but only after four previous unsuccessful bids). Moses was seen as a hot prospect, with several England appearances up to U21 level. However, he was given the opportunity for more game time with loans to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham.
Now, Moses is slowly establishing himself as a viable first team option at Chelsea, and became a regular for Nigeria, before announcing his decision to quit international football following the 2018 World Cup. Despite a solid performance, and even a crucial goal, Moses decided that club football would be his main focus moving forward.
This season, Moses’ appearances for Chelsea have been fairly limited. Despite scoring in the Community Shield final in pre-season, he has only featured as a substitute once for new manager Maurizio Sarri. With Azpilicueta preferred at right back, and Willian still the best winger at Chelsea, it looks like Moses will continue to serve as backup, potentially starting in FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The key thing however is that Sarri has a reliable and experienced utility player to call on in Moses. He’ll undoubtedly need his full squad if he is going to achieve the unlikely and bring the title back to the Bridge. Currently, Chelsea are third favourite bets, although their start to the season has been impressive.
The future for Moses depends on how Sarri plans to use him. At 27, he is approaching his prime and may want to become a first team regular, rather than a reliable benchwarmer. However, he doesn’t seem too worried about Sarri’s new tactical system, instead embracing it as a new challenge. Whether he’ll be of the same opinion if he doesn’t get any game time however before January 2019 remains to be seen, as a player of his quality will certainly attract interest elsewhere.
Chelsea who sits second in the Premier League table at the moment, next epl fixtures is against newly promoted Cardiff City at home while their rival Liverpool F.C who sits first in table travels to Tottenham Hotspur on Gameweek 3 of the Premier League fixtures.