Originally reported by The Sun (yes, I know) and then picked up by The Mirror and a selection of other publications, it’s believed that Chelsea will allow Victor Moses to leave Stamford Bridge for £12 million in January, with Crystal Palace known to be interested.
Having come through the Eagles’ academy set-up, the Nigerian remains a firm fans’ favourite in SE25 and would be given a heroes welcome, were he to return to Selhurst Park in the New Year, having struggled to impress Maurizio Sarri since the Italian took over the reins on the Fulham Road.
Whilst he was used as an out-and-out winger during his time in red and blue, Victor has found himself forced to adapt into the role of a right wing-back at Chelsea, with his attacking output taking a backseat to defensive pragmatism. From my perspective, it always felt as though they were wasting his talents by harnessing him so obviously but at certain points, it clearly suited the Blues to have him occupying such a role in their tactical set-up.
With Sarri known to be extremely demanding of his players from a positional perspective, I can’t pretend to be shocked at hearing of his apathy towards Moses, given the fact that the position he’s now been labelled with is not his place of preference but if that allows us to swoop in during the January window, I certainly won’t be complaining.
Of course, should we fail to bring in a proven finisher to go alongside Victor, we may struggle to see him rediscover the magic he showed when first on our books but should we secure him and a proper striker too, it may just make the difference between relegation and survival.
Whatever way you slice it, the loss of Bakary Sako over the summer has left Roy Hodgson’s lacking in depth out wide, with the Chelsea man’s potential arrival solving that problem immediately. They do always say not to re-sign players who’ve already been on your books but at 27, there’s still more than enough time for the 2018 World Cup star to flourish back on his old stomping ground.
It may just be a case of one paper putting two and two together to make five but on the face of things, it’s a story which makes a great deal of sense, as long as we have the funds necessary to meet Chelsea’s demands.