Chelsea are wasting their time with this transfer pursuit

Victor Moses, Wigan forward

Victor Moses would be well advised to have a quick glance over at Sergio Canales’ Real Madrid situation. Better yet, take a look at Romelu Lukaku wasting away on the bench at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have done much to re-announce themselves as big players in the transfer market, but their interest in Victor Moses is pointless.

Moses has done well to make a decent name for himself in English football. A string of good performances last season for Wigan has given big clubs a certain level of assurance that this kid can play in the top-flight. Links to Arsenal and Liverpool is no bad thing for either the player or his current club, but is he interested in further developing his career, or is it just about being on the fringes of a big and ambitious project?

What do Chelsea really see in Moses? It’s difficult to argue the case that they won’t give him the time of day because of his age, as their latest recruits are all of similar experience. But rather, where’s the sense in wasting money and time on a player whose time at Chelsea is likely to amount to nothing much at all.

Victor Moses is a strong, ambitious player, but is he really good enough to stand alongside Eden Hazard and Oscar? Where would the game-time come from? Depth is important, but as a young player who needs regular game-time, is a move to a well-stocked Chelsea team really best?

He’s Premier League-ready and he’s young. There’s plenty of years to work with a prospect who is capable of growing into a very good player. However, it seems Chelsea are looking to part with a reported £10 million just for the sake of it. Showing other clubs that you mean business is important, but Chelsea have done that and they’ve done better than Wigan’s attacking midfielder.

It also raises a question as to why he ended up at Wigan when he moved on from Crystal Palace. If he was that good and worth investing in now, then an earlier move in 2010 would have made much more financial sense for a bigger club.

Sergio Canales made a similar step up from Racing to Real Madrid. Hindsight is important, but even at the time everyone knew that the move was wrong. Canales subsequently wasted a year of his development and has since been loaned and now sold to Valencia.

Los Che are a good fit for the Spaniard, and he’ll get the regular games he needs. But what was the point in the investment from Madrid?

Moses is not competing with a host of young English talent for a national team spot because he’s now committed to Nigeria. But Moses and Chelsea just do not make sense.

Chelsea are concerned due to their pre-season loses, although I don’t put much stock in a pre-season result. They want to continue to bolster their squad and force their way to the top of the Premier League table. But the smart move would be to strengthen other areas of the pitch, specifically full-back.

The best thing Chelsea could do is give Dave Whelan a call and tell him they made a mistake with their initial interest.