West Ham secured a deadline day for Chelsea winger Victor Moses, who made the switch across London to link up with the Hammers on loan for the season.
Having spent the last two seasons on similar deals at Liverpool and Stoke City respectively, you might think the Nigerian international is merely an afterthought in his parent club’s plans.
However, prior to his latest loan switch, the Stamford Bridge side secured the 24-year old to a bumper new deal. The former Wigan man penned a four-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2019.
A bumper new deal placed in front of the player indicates the club think very highly of him. In fact, Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo explained the decision to extend his stay. ‘Sometimes there are players whose development is not finished, just like Victor’, before adding, ‘he’s very, very talented.’
The club’s loan policy has been widely criticised, having allowed 33 players to leave on a temporary basis. Though, if Moses comes back a better, stronger player, they will have cracked the loan market.
The expectations placed on an elite club like the Blues are huge. They must challenge on all fronts, and club owner Roman Abramovich has previously proven himself to lack patience. Those behind the scenes in West London clearly think very highly of Moses, but simply can’t afford to hand-hold his development.
Not to do a disservice to the player, who has a wealth of Premier League experience for someone his age, not to mention a Europa League winner’s medal. Clearly a talented prospect, he has lined up for two of the biggest clubs in England already in his career.
That being said, Jose Mourinho needs instant success. Allowing his player to leave on loan to garner more and more top flight experience is sound forward planning from a club who have often seemed to lack such an ability.
At just 24-years old, the opportunity to ply his trade for West Ham is exciting. Perhaps his tenure on Merseyside did not quite work out as well as he hoped, but his year in the Potteries was more productive. Should he continue his upward trajectory, he can fulfil the promise those at his parent club envisage for him.
The faith shown by Chelsea in Victor Moses is a welcome sight. For a side so notoriously ruthless, the time to grow afforded to the ex-Crystal Palace trainee shows sound planning for the future.
Perhaps their loan policy isn’t so bad after all.