The Evening Standard’s Simon Johnson reports that Crystal Palace are now “confident” of securing a permanent deal for former first-team star Victor Moses, some eight years after he left the club.
Having flown the nest for Wigan Athletic amidst off-field chaos with the club plunged into administration and desperately in need of funds back in 2010, Victor quite possibly feels as though he has unfinished business in SE25 and would therefore relish the opportunity to make a triumphant return to the side in 2019. Having been adapted into an auxiliary full-back in recent years, the once tricky teenager appears to have had a great deal of the spontaneity beaten out of his game but were he to make a comeback, I wouldn’t bet against him rediscovering his more skilful side.
Whilst both West Ham and Wolves are credited with an interest in the Nigerian, The Standard’s article suggests that Victor himself favours a move back home over all others, having come to terms with the fact that he will remain on the fringes of the Chelsea first-team throughout Maurizio Sarri’s tenure on the Fulham Road.
Given the roles Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend already occupy within the side, a few supporters have been seen to question the wisdom behind such a move but with no back-up to the aforementioned duo, Moses’ arrival would provide genuine depth to the side, whilst simultaneously opening up our options across midfield. Playing two of the three men and leaving one on the bench would vastly alter Roy Hodgson’s ability to change things up late in games, whilst the long-awaited return of both Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke from injury should (I repeat should) finally give us some potency in the middle once again.
Most transfer rumours are written vaguely by intention but in this instance, the Evening Standard have been far stronger. Do they know something with January around the corner? I certainly hope so.