Wigan Athletic have hit form at just the right time in the Premier League, securing their place at the top table of English football for another year with a game to spare.
And, whilst last night’s 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers wasn’t the best showcase for some serious young talent, Victor Moses again stood-out as a player with huge potential to move forward in his career.
Whilst the Latics would love to keep hold of the one-cap Nigerian international, the reality of football is that Moses will be hoping to make the step-up sooner rather than later.
With several big clubs – including Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool – all linked with a move, manager Roberto Martinez has made his stance clear on the player, admitting that if they have to sell it will be for a good price.
“You cannot stop players going to the next moment in their career and the potential of Victor is incredible," he told the Daily Mirror.
“As long as the club gets the right price and the player gives everything they have got for Wigan, then our chairman Dave Whelan will never stop them from moving upwards. It happened last year with Charles N’Zogbia and it would be unrealistic of us to think we will never lose players.
“Victor has the quality to go as high as he wants to. We sometimes forget he is only 21 and we don’t want anyone to feel stale here. He is enjoying his football and if he attracts admirers from outside the club, that’s because he is doing well and Wigan are doing well.”
Moses’ rise to prominence has been extremely well-documented, with word on his talent gaining national attention as far back as 2005, when he was a teenage schoolboy scoring goals for fun at the renowned Whitgift School in Croydon.
On the books at Crystal Palace, he was offered a senior contract in 2007, and made his debut for the Eagles in the same year. Despite signing a contract extension with the club until 2012, financial problems forced Palace to sell the player in the 2010 January transfer window, with Wigan splashing out £2.5 million for his services.
Things didn’t go according to plan however, with injuries affecting his involvement the following year. However, Charles N’Zogbia’s exit shot the 21-year-old to prominence, and he’s certainly delivered at the DW Stadium in the second-half of the season.
It’s led to a £10 million valuation being placed on the head of the youngster, according to the national press at least, which seems like a very fair figure given the current financial climate in English football.
If we consider that Jordan Henderson went to Liverpool for a figure in the region of £20 million, and then Andy Carroll for £35 million, Moses definitely represents value for money on form alone. Then take into account his age, and we’re looking at a potentially significant investment for the future for any of the top clubs.
Having featured in every league game for the Lancashire outfit this season, there is also no longer a question over his fitness levels despite the injury last term, with the youngster showing he can handle a full campaign at the highest level.
With six goals in the league this term, he’s also shown an ability to finish when it matters. With a significant improvement in overall decision-making and general contribution, the youngster appears to have come on leaps and bounds this season.
Much of the credit for that must go to his manager, with Martinez getting the best out of everyone since March as the Latics somehow climbed to safety from seeming obscurity.
It appears that Moses' best is better than most however, and the Spaniard's reward for developing the winger's talent is to likely see him move on from the club for a tidy profit.
Rather than bemoan his luck, Martinez appears willing to take it on the chin and move on, with the hope that he'll be able to reinvest the finances he will have helped procure in the transfer window - presuming Moses makes the obvious move upwards.
Just where the player will finish is up for debate, but don't be surprised to see a number of clubs chasing his signature throughout the summer months ahead of a new season in 2012/13.
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