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Analytical Review of Victor Moses’ Season

One footballer who had a massive career resurgence in the 2016-17 season is Victor Moses. The Nigerian attacker became a vital cog in Chelsea’s successful season and proved to purists, he could still punch well above the weight he was labeled with.

The story of Victor Moses' rise to stardom and prominence is one of a young boy who had to endure devastating circumstances in order to turn mediocrity to alterity. For Moses, there can be absolutely no juxtaposition between his past and his present.

As an 11-year old, Victor Moses lost his parents to religious violence in northern Nigeria. He was then smuggled to England where his continued stellar displays would earn him a move to Crystal Palace. The Eagles later cashed in on him when they went into administration in 2010.

Moses then starred for Wigan from 2010, after making a £2.5 million transfer. Within two years of playing for Wigan, he had caught the eye of Premier League big boys, Chelsea. Roberto Di Matteo wanted a strong, fast and energetic winger to bolster his squad, having led the Blues to their first ever Champions League triumph – Moses fitted the bill perfectly.

After arriving at SW6, Moses somewhat struggled for playing time. However, things began to look up when Di Matteo was fired and Rafa Benitez was brought in to steady the ship. Under Benitez, Moses thrived. He became an instrumental figure in Chelsea’s run to their first Europa League title in 2013.

When Jose Mourinho arrived Chelsea later that same year, it was clear that he didn’t rate Moses and sanctioned his loan move to Liverpool. His loan spell at Merseyside started brightly but ended a bit soar, as he was haunted by lack of playing time. Further loan spells to Stoke City and West Ham followed, to give credence to the notion that he was no longer Chelsea quality.

Victor Moses’ resurgent season – 2016-17

In July 2016, when Chelsea started her preseason, Victor Moses rejoined the team following the expiration of his loan spell at West Ham. The Hammers had turned down their option of making Moses' of loan deal permanent.

Chelsea had also recruited Antonio Conte as manager; the Italian replaced Guus Hiddink who was caretaker manager after Jose Mourinho got fired.

One thing looked apparent from day one of Victor Moses return to Chelsea – his determination to impress new manager, Antonio Conte; something he had failed to do with Jose Mourinho. Antonio Conte soon took to Moses and the Nigerian was anointed as one of Conte’s 13-man first team untouchables for the season under review (although it took a formation change for that to happen).

Moses went on to become a regular in Antonio Conte’s team, his performance speaking volumes. Moses played 40 games in all competitions for Chelsea. It is the highest number of appearances the Nigerian has made since joining Chelsea in 2012.

Victor Moses scored three Premier League goals in 34 appearances for Chelsea. It is his second highest number of appearances since he appeared in every Premier League game for Wigan in the 2011-12 season (his second season at the club). He also scored once in the League Cup in the two appearances he made.

Victor Moses the wingback

After eight games of the season, Antonio Conte decided to switch to his preferred 3-4-3 formation. With three center halves, two wingbacks were needed and Victor Moses was one.

With Moses in the Chelsea squad, and the new formation in place, the Blues went on a 13-game winning streak that culminated in the Pensioners winning the Premier League title. The key for Antonio Conte and Chelsea’s success was having players like victor Moses he understood their role perfectly and fit in quite nicely.

In the just concluded 2016-17 season, Victor Moses announced his relevance by making himself indispensable for Chelsea. For the former Wigan man, this is one season he won’t want to forget.

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