Why Chelsea letting Victor Moses go is a big mistake
When Victor Moses first arrived at Chelsea, the mood at the Stamford Bridge wasn’t one of excitement but instead, it was shocking. Few fans expected the Nigerian star to make the move across from Wigan Athletic, with the 28-year old making multiple loan moves since then.
However, while a loan spell is a rite of passage at Chelsea, eventually Moses became a regular, under both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
It was there that the 28-year-old really showed his skills as a versatile winger/right-wing-back/right-back, thanks to an excellent mix of athleticism and defensive acumen. All that combined together with tactics suited perfectly for Moses made him a star in the Chelsea team. Soon he won adoration and titles alike from critics, fans and was even among Chelsea’s best players.
The Nigerian made 128 appearances before falling short under new manager Maurizio Sarri. The former Napoli boss did not rate the 28-year-old.
This combined with a few other unknown factors saw Moses make only five appearances this season, before leaving for a one and a half year loan spell at Fenerbahce, according to the BBC.
That has effectively ended his career in the Premier League, with a potential permanent move possible in the near future. But have the Blues made a massive mistake in letting this versatile player go?
Capable of playing as a right-winger, left-winger, right-back, left-back, number 10 and even as a centre-forward, Moses has been called a utility man at times. That’s because he’s willing to sacrifice everything for the team and has done so on more than one occasion.
At the moment, Chelsea have Willian, who’s 30 years old, Pedro, who’s 31. While they’ve brought in Christian Pulisic in the interim, Sarri and company need a speedy and versatile winger. Someone like the man they have sent out on loan to Turkey.
However, the 28-year-old Victor Moses seems more than happy to leave Stamford Bridge, which does leave Chelsea short-handed. In the short-term, they will regret letting him go, especially given what he could have given the side in terms of ability and heart in the rather tough fixture schedule in the near future.