This season has seen a host of Chelsea stars get back to their brilliant best under new manager, Antonio Conte. Players that struggled for form last season, and even seasons before now are currently performing at a top level week in, week out. From Eden Hazard to Diego Costa, Pedro to Nemanja Matic, and more, but one player’s improvement under Chelsea’s new Italian manager that has caught more attention than that of anybody else is Victor Moses. Moses has risen from a player who once struggled to get games at Chelsea to not just a starter, but also an outstanding performer so far this season. He has been instrumental to Chelsea’s success this term, scoring more often, and assisting too.
On Saturday night against Spurs, he got our second goal of the evening, and what turned out to be the winning goal for us. He was crowned Man of the Match on that day, for the second game in a row — ahead of players like Hazard and Pedro.
A lot of people have attributed Victor Moses’ sudden impressive upturn in form to the new tactical switch for Chelsea by Conte. The Italian manager switched to his famed 3-4-3 system after we lost to Arsenal, and Chelsea have not lost ever since. The new system has Moses and Alonso playing as wing-backs, thus providing more power for our attack, and cover for the defence. But as much as I’d want to credit our upturn in form to the new system, I think it has nothing to do with Moses’ form.
Before the system was introduced at Chelsea this season, Moses had already been impressive. He didn’t begin the season as a starter, but in the appearances he made as a substitute, he was good for us too. In fact, if you followed our pre-season tour, then you know that he was equally impressive then. Personally, I believe that his good showing during our pre-season is part of what prompted Conte to keep him, rather than ship him out on loan.
So what is really responsible for Moses’ recent upturn in form? I think that more than anything else, Moses is better as a player because of the atmosphere under which he’s playing now.
When he was bought from Wigan, he showed promises in his first season, but he wasn’t quite seen as a player who was ready for a team like Chelsea, and that is where the problem started for the Nigerian. He was shipped off on loan deals, season after season, and never quite got a chance to prove himself— until Conte happened. Under Antonio Conte, Moses feels appreciated and wanted, and that is paying off handsomely for both player and club now. Unlike his predecessor, the Italian sees in Moses plenty of potential, and knows that with the right motivation he can be everything he wants to be.
There’s no better motivation for a player than game time. Managers like Mourinho believe in big names, but not Conte. The Italian works more with what he sees than what he hears. His philosophy at Chelsea is paying off well, with the likes of Moses and Pedro in stunning form. More than anything, I hope that the Nigerian’s new found form continues throughout this season, and beyond. He cuts the figure of a dedicated player, so I am convinced that given the best conditions, things can only get better for us all from here on.