Italian football outlet Calciomercato are reporting that Chelsea wide-man Victor Moses could well be on his way back to boyhood club Crystal Palace this January.
With the Nigerian International now just a month away from his 28th birthday, regular game-time will rightly be a key priority in his mind and whilst he continues to play a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge, it’s becoming clear that Blues boss Maurizio Sarri isn’t his biggest fan.
As someone who watched Victor dazzle when he first broke onto the scene in red and blue, I’ll readily admit to having been frustrated by the lack of adulation he’s received elsewhere in his career to date. Initially used as an attacking threat when joining Wigan, he’s gradually adapted into a deeper lying option as years have passed with his role at Chelsea now seeing him operate exclusively as a wing-back.
Although I can’t be completely sure, a return to SE25 is highly likely to see him deployed as a purely attacking threat, acting as true competition for Andros Townsend on the right flank. Some may question why we’d bring Moses back given Andros’ regular starts but with little to no cover in wide areas, we remain one injury away from a genuine crisis at Premier League level.
Fans may grow concerned over Hodgson’s ability to keep the squad happy with additions of that calibre but if we are to grow and flourish in the long-term as a top flight force, you need top quality options straining at the leash to get off the bench and prove themselves worthy of a place in the starting XI.
Were there no prior connection between Moses and ourselves I’d suggest the story was a little far-fetched but given the mutual love affair we share with the former academy man, I think and hope that this link has legs.
We shall see.