Victor Moses was a first-team regular at Chelsea but that changed last summer when Maurizio Sarri replaced Antonio Conte.
The Nigerian winger made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Blues last season, and 40 the campaign before that.
But Sarri struggled to find a place for Moses in his system and subsequently allowed the 28-year-old to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce on an 18-month loan deal.
Moses had only managed to make six appearances under Sarri and played just 26 minutes in the Premier League.
Gianfranco Zola described Moses’ lack of opportunities at Stamford Bridge as a ‘pity’, adding: “He's a wonderful professional and it's a pity he couldn't find the opportunities to show his value.”
Although Fenerbahce are obviously a huge club, they were struggling badly in the Turkish Super Lig when Moses arrived.
Having won just three matches this season, Fener found themselves just one place above the relegation zone.
However, Moses helped his new club record a much-needed victory on his debut, coming off the bench to help Fener secure a 3-2 win over Yeni Malatyaspor.
And in his second appearance, against Göztepe, Moses was again deployed as a second-half sub and scored Fener’s second goal in a 2-0 victory.
Fenerbahce have risen to 12th in the Turkish Super Lig, thanks in part to Moses' impact, and the fans apparently already adore him.
Further details have now emerged about Moses’ start at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium courtesy of European football journalist Andy Brassell, who spoke about the former Premier League winger on the latest episode of the ‘On the Continent’ podcast.
"The interesting thing is that he's become a cult hero straight away because he's the sort of player that Fenerbahce fans love," Brassell was quoted as saying by Football. London.
"He dares to do stuff and in a climate that's been wracked with fear really because the stakes are so high, if you go down it's an absolute disaster - you can't really use the word 'disaster' in sport - but they would definitely used that there.
"He's someone who comes into that context without being affected by it. He comes on as a sub against Göztepe and wants to try tricks, he wants to dribble around players.
"Obviously it's so much easier to spread your wings a) under that climate and b) when Cameron Jerome has been sent off for the visitors."
It sounds like Moses is enjoying a flying start at Fenerbahce, which Chelsea fans will no doubt be happy to hear.
As Zola said, it’s a pity he wasn’t given more time to showcase his talents under Sarri - although you can understand why the Italian coach opted for other players instead.
Let’s hope Moses can continue to establish his status as a Fenerbahce cult-hero.
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