Crystal Palace have been dealt yet another blow in the transfer market with Chelsea’s Victor Moses reportedly close to signing for Turkish giants Fenerbahce on loan, according to Goal.
The Eagles had hoped to land their former player and academy graduate this month, as reported by The Sun in December, as they looked to improve their depth on the wings.
Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend have played every possible game when fit, amassing a combined 3,833 league minutes between them (via Whoscored), and have even played as makeshift strikers. A fellow wide-man, Moses would be an ideal signing to share the burden with and ease the pressure on Palace’s two attackers.
Moses has fallen well out of favour at Chelsea since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, who has voided the Nigerian’s wing-back position at Stamford Bridge following the introduction of his preferred 4-3-3 formation – Sarri uses a flat back four instead of the three-man defence that Antonio Conte often opted for.
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The 28-year-old thrived in that particular system, playing a key role up and down the right flank as the Blues won the Premier League title back in 2017 – in contrast, however, Moses has only made two league appearances so far in the current campaign (as per WhoScored).
With Moses’ future in west London looking extremely bleak, The Sun reported that Palace had hoped to re-sign their former player, who is now set to team up with struggling Fenerbahce – amazingly, the Turkish giants are fighting against relegation instead of playing for the title.
They will be hoping that Moses can fire them up the table, although Palace may now have to turn their attentions elsewhere with just over a week of the window left to go.
The goal-shy south Londoners desperately need reinforcements, especially in and around the final third, having let seven players leave either on loan or on permanent deals already this month (as per Transfermarkt), with their squad already a thin one before that particular mass exodus.
It remains to be seen if the Eagles will target an alternative to Moses, but if they fail to acquire one there will be huge pressure on Townsend and Zaha to perform consistently throughout the remainder of the season.