Since joining Chelsea, Victor Moses’ career has been in a state of limbo.
Despite impressing during his opening season with the club, Moses was shipped out on loan after attacking signings were made; and whilst he did impress in parts, his loans were for the most part disappointing.
However, Moses has come back into the fold this summer; and has impressed Chelsea fans and journalists alike.
Whilst many are expecting him to be sent out on loan against next season, the argument could be made that he deserves an opportunity in the Chelsea first team.
With that, here are FIVE reasons why Chelsea should hold on to and use Victor Moses next season…
It seems an obvious one; but based on form, Victor Moses deserves to be in the Chelsea side.
As he did last season, Victor Moses has been a standout player during Chelsea’s pre-season fixtures, looking energetic and eager to impress throughout.
Comparatively, other Chelsea attackers have looked leggy and unimpressive.
Antonio Conte has spoken about his approach to team selection, and suggested that he always picks a team based on merit and merit alone.
Based on merit – Victor Moses should be the first name on the Chelsea team sheet.
Another obvious one, but holding on to Victor Moses will give Chelsea some much needed attacking depth going forward.
Last season there were patches were the trio of Oscar, Hazard and Pedro were all lacking in form; yet The Blues had to rely on the trio simply because there was very little else they could do. A lack of offensive forced The Blues into playing out-of-form players.
Victor Moses would serve as an additional line of reinforcement should the same happen next season, not to mention the success that Moses typically has when coming on as a substitute.
More so than that, Victor Moses would also be more than happy to contribute to the side in a squad-player role.
He will likely understand that he will not be a stater weekly with The Blues, but has repeatedly reaffirmed his desire to remain with the club.
It is always difficult to sign good players that won’t kick up a fuss if they don’t start every week; and Victor Moses is exactly that.
He will fill a need in the squad that no other player would be happy to do.
The nature of depth and the role of a squad player is also important when you consider that Chelsea may face a number of departures this summer and going forward.
Pedro, Cuadrado and Oscar are often linked with moves away from The Bridge, and it would not be a surprise to see Eden Hazard move on within a year or two.
Victor Moses has affirmed his desire to stay at Chelsea for the foreseeable future, and so he would always be available should the worst happen and a key star leave The Blues.
Instead of the club going out and risking £30 million on a replacement; they should utilise their current squad and give Moses a run out.
Another crucial factor, and one that is often ignored, is the importance of home-grown footballers.
Victor Moses developed as a football in England, and so has achieved the status as a homegrown football; which is a very important trait for devising Premier League and Champion’s League squad formats.
It means essentially that he doesn’t take up a spot as part of the main roster of players during these selections.
He is no doubt one of the best wingers that can be considered homegrown; and so Chelsea would be wise to hold on to him.