Michy Batshuayi may forever be remembered as the unassuming hero who clinched Chelsea the 2016/17 Premier League title, but the Blues’ charge for the English crown probably wouldn’t have happened if Antonio Conte hadn’t made the bold switch to 3-4-3 in September – and in turn, that might not have been possible if ad hoc wing-back Victor Moses had been shipped out on loan once again last summer.
Indeed, the Nigerian international has emerged from the peripheries of Chelsea’s books to perform an intrinsic role in the Blues’ title win, his mixture of stamina, physicality and attacking flair providing the perfect balance down Chelsea’s right-hand side.
The 26-year-old has been remarkably consistent in that role and produced yet another impressive performance last night as Chelsea pushed themselves over the finishing line with a bitter-fought, tetchy and dramatic 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
Indeed, as our infographic shows, Moses made big contributions both offensively and defensively, testing Ben Foster twice and laying on two chances for his team-mates, whilst making two tackles at the other end of the pitch. In fact, the former West Ham and Liverpool loanee finished up with the most tackles, shots on target and fouls won of any Chelsea player – highlighting his impact in the Blues’ title clinching win.
Whether Moses continues in the berth next season remains to be seen. Although he’s acclimatised well to the role, he’s not a specialist wing-back – something Conte may feel he needs to bring in this summer to push his title-winning side to the next level. Where do you stand on Moses’ future? Let us know by voting below…