Are Chelsea wrong to loan Victor Moses to Liverpool?
Chelsea could have nurtured the young Nigerian better at Stamford Bridge
Victor Moses, the powerful Nigerian, had a decent start to his major club football career, as he netted in 10 goals for Chelsea in his full debut season.
Reduced to playing miniature roles after falling in behind the magical trio of Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, Moses was impressive in his limited runs for the club.
This season may be a game changer for Moses but not the way he would have intended.
With Mourinho overhauling Chelsea's playing style completely, and bringing in Andre Schurrle and Willian, Moses fell further down the pecking order, and in the end found him being loaned out to a resurgent Liverpool.
With Hazard and Schurrle, guaranteed starters on the wings, and Kevin De Bruyne and Willian in waiting, the door was almost shut in the face of Moses.
The 22-year-old has a good touch, can link-up well with others and certainly adds to the goal threat. Under a manager like Jose Mourinhio, he could have been nurtured into a prolific winger.
Mourinho himself acknowledged the physical (in)abilities of his star wingers: Hazard, Oscar and Schurrle, stating that Chelsea could not play 'physical games' with these players.
Moses could have been the physically adept forward he could rely on in crunch or rough games. His fast pace and dribbling abilities, would have worked well with Chelsea's lightning paced counters, and Moses could have been nurtured at his home club.
The former West Bromwich Albion man, is very strong on his feet and aerially: remember his last minute header against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Mourinho, who had spotted the talents of a similar young Salomon Kalou, and moulded him into a star winger, could have done something similar with Moses.
There was the added advantage of playing in the Champions League with Chelsea, which his new club Liverpool can not cater to.
The Nigerian International had kept a cool head amidst all the changes in the Chelsea ranks last season. He fell down the pecking order interim manager Rafa Benitez yet kept his head down and displayed great integrity in doing so.
He kept a calm head after the Europa Final, which Chelsea won with Moses on the bench, even though he had five goals in the campaign.
A loan move to a big club like Liverpool sounds pretty impressive, but Moses would be feeling a tad undervalued.
The Anfield team is not the strongest in the Premier League, and although they have started the season well, the lack of European fixtures would hurt Moses' growth.
The style of play would also perhaps be forced on him, as the strikers thrive on the midfield long range passes. His starting position is not guaranteed here as well though, with Liverpool's current forwards enjoying a good run.
He will now reconcile with short-term Chelsea colleague Daniel Sturridge. With Brendan Rodgers aiming to strengthen his forward line, Moses would have to seize the moments he can, and behind two clinical finishers in Suarez and Sturridge, make the most of his opportunity, to reclaim his place at Stamford Bridge.
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