Arguably the biggest talent in English football outside of the Premier League at the moment is Crystal Palace starlet Victor Moses, and the young forward is attracting more and more suitors every week. Moses is certainly hot property right now, with Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool all thought to be interested in the 19 year old, and given Crystal Palace’s financial problems, an exit from Selhurst Park looks imminent. Thought to be valued somewhere between £3 and £5 million, Moses would seem to be a bargain given the price of young English players these days even though Palace will look to get every penny from him that they can. So who is Victor Moses and is all the fuss surrounding him justified?
For such a young man, Victor Moses has already been through a hell of a lot in his life and as a result is an extremely grounded young player. Born in Nigeria, Moses had to flee his country of his birth when he was 11 as his life was in danger and his parents had been murdered. In an excellent interview in The Daily Mirror almost a year ago, Moses explained how he is using his past tragedies as motivation to make as much of his life as possible. He said “when I look back it makes me want to do everything I can for myself and make sure I am in the right place.” To come through that at such a young age Moses must have an incredibly strong character, and given his traumas off the field, making it as a footballer should seem like a doddle compared to that. So what attributes on the field are attracting top Premiership clubs?
The pace and power that Victor Moses possesses are there for all to see. A relatively compact player at 5ft 10in, Moses is a very skilful and versatile player, who can be employed as a striker or in a deeper role as a support striker or on either wing. His solid technique, flair and ability on the ball cannot be questioned and throughout his youth career at Crystal Palace he has shown that he has an eye for goal. Ever since scoring fifty goals in Palace’s U14 side, Moses’ rise to fame at Selhurst Park has been rapid and he has looked right at home in the Championship this season. Moses has hit the back of the net five times this season, with undoubtedly the pick of the bunch his spectacular overhead kick against Barnsley:
Rightfully Victor Moses has been identified as the jewel in Crystal Palace’s crown, and manager Neil Warnock and the Eagles’ fans would be sad to see one of Palace’s brightest prospects in recent years move on to pastures new. Having established himself in the Championship this season, a move to the Premier League would seem to be the natural progression for Moses. However, for Moses to develop as a player he needs to continue to play first team football, and if he were to be frozen out at a Premiership club that would only hinder his rise to fame. Given the talent that Moses possesses though, it is only a matter of time before a big club makes a concrete bid for him and Moses is sure to want to test himself at a higher level. So it may not be long before Victor Moses makes the step up, and with plenty of pace and power at his disposal, Moses is certainly one to watch in the near future.