Barring the scintillating form of the mercurial Willian, Chelsea have been starved of quality wingers this campaign. Albeit an impressive roster, world renowned wide men such as Eden Hazard and Pedro have proven absent since the summer at Stamford Bridge.
As a result, Chelsea fans are crying out for any shimmer of invention on the flanks and their current team simply isn’t providing the goods.
However, one man who may have been able to deliver under pressure was sent on loan for the third consecutive year. Despite a blistering 2014-15 season with Stoke City, Victor Moses seems to have been banished by his mother-club.
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Since joining Chelsea in 2012 from Wigan Athletic, Moses has experienced a mixed chain of form with impressive performances being scattered amongst poor showings.
Quality on loan
Despite a spectacularly disappointing year on loan at Liverpool, the 25-year-old has impressed during his spells at Stoke and West Ham.
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After all, this season, the Nigerian already possesses a superior goal tally and equal total of assists as last term’s PFA Player of the Year - Eden Hazard. Even with less shots and amongst a team with less talent, Moses has thrived and outshone a player once considered the third-best in the world.
Moreover, Moses’ lone season at Chelsea was far from underwhelming and the ex-Wigan winger proved an integral antagonist in the Blues’ capture of the Europa League. Ten goals in 43 appearances is a culpable return for the Nigerian and subsequently, his 2012-13 campaign proved a success.
The winger is desperate to seal a return to Stamford Bridge and his form certainly warrants it. Moses’ performances at Stoke galvanised the Potters to their best ever top division finish and his influence has inspired West Ham to the lofty heights of eighth this season.
His showing at Manchester City particularly underlined his quality with his goal aiding the Hammers to a dramatic victory.
The past two seasons have shown Moses as a superb Premier League player, oozing with experience and class in the league. Furthermore, the single campaign that the Blues showed trust in the forward he delivered.
With Chelsea struggling to muster not only form but players with passion in adversity, suddenly the decision to loan-out Moses over the summer appears a resounding mistake.
Whilst Blues fans may have originally been pleased about the winger’s departure, it’s hard to ignore the Nigerian’s instant impact at West Ham.
Whether Chelsea like it or not, there is no quick-fix for their unrelenting turmoil and all of a sudden the mistakes of the summer are being accentuated.
The focus may be on the Blues’ inability to bring in quality over the transfer window, but in fact it has been whom they loaned out as well. Moses’ form this season is undoubtedly a blow to Blues supporters and the thoughts of what could-have-been festers.
Admittedly, Moses may not carry the international reputation of players such as Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, but based on current form, the Nigerian would prove a perfect implement in the Chelsea squad.
Chelsea fans: Would you pick Moses over the likes of Hazard and Pedro right now? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!