Victor Moses’ Chelsea career has been one with its share of ups and downs. Like Eden Hazard, the forward joined in 2012, but unlike the former, he hasn’t quite found consistency.
In the six years that Moses has played for Chelsea, he never was a regular part of the first eleven until Antonio Conte thought otherwise in 2016/17. He and Marcos Alonso were given a chance to play as wing-backs – a job they excelled at in Conte’s maiden season in England.
Prior to that time, Moses had been on loan a number at three different clubs, and had decided to exit Chelsea. He had a really good first season under Conte, and while the following season wasn’t that successful, he was still a regular.
Conte’s exit meant uncertainty for every player, and when Maurizio Sarri arrived, it looked all gloom for Moses considering Sarri’s preference for a 4-3-3 formation rather than Conte’s 3 at the back that featured the use of wing-backs. With four games played, Victor Moses is yet to start for Chelsea and has only one substitute appearance.
Sarri has been asked about his decision not to field the Nigerian, and he said he wasn’t working hard enough yet. That makes you wonder if there can even be a way back in for Moses.
The way it looks, Sarri is looking to establish his first eleven, and that purpose would have been achieved two, three games from now. Literally every player that has featured for Sarri has been very impressive, and with the likes of Willian and Pedro battling for the right spot, you wonder what becomes of Moses.
But what could be the problem for Moses at the moment? Is it that he hasn’t gained good enough match fitness or he just hasn’t bought into Sarri’s philosophy – which is very likely considering he previously played under a defense minded coach? It is unclear at this time, but what definitely seems clear is that the near future doesn’t look bright for Moses. If he is to change this, then, it’ll take more than just hard work and dribbles to do so. He needs to step his game up, and very fast.