Victor Moses was one the best stories of Chelsea’s title win last season, converting from a winger to a wing-back and in the process becoming a key player after multiple seasons of being lost in the loan wilderness. While his season ended in the ignominy of a sending off in the FA Cup final, in part, for diving, he was indispensable to all that had come before that.
It’s probably fair to say that he hasn’t quite hit the same heights so far this season. Slowed by surgery over the summer for a toe issue and the hamstring injury that kept him out for most of November and part of October as well, Moses hasn’t quite shown the same attacking verve that we’ve come to expect on the right flank.
Buoyed by his goal on Saturday, just his first in the league and second all season, Moses has set his sights on making his impact felt at more regular intervals, much like his counterpart on the left, Marcos Alonso has been doing most of the season (incidentally, Alonso had one of his worst games on Saturday).
“I got one today, five more to go! We are enjoying our football. Marcos is doing very well by scoring goals, and I want to contribute too. I’m happy to score my first goal this season but hopefully I’ll score more in the future.”
One teammate who will be very with a few more goals from Moses is Cesc Fàbregas, who delivered a gentle bit of ribbing in the post-match social media landscape while nursing his own hamstring injury.
Well done Victa boy. If one day you can finish off one of my passes, that would be great too. Thank you. https://t.co/1sYsCw1zjn— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) January 20, 2018
Moses’s tally (from a wonderful Musonda assist) was the last one in Chelsea’s four-goal haul. “Victa” had plenty of praise for his fellow goalscorers as well.
“[Eden] does that in training and, on his day, he’s probably one of the best players in the world. We all saw it today. He’s unbelievable. He’s so talented. We’re very happy to have him here and we’re happy that he’s enjoying his football. Hopefully, he’ll keep scoring goals.”
“The second goal was a great goal, one touch from Michy, Hazard and what a goal from Willy. He’s a very important player for us and he done very well.”
In the end of course it doesn’t matter who exactly is scoring as long the team’s winning. If we’re winning, we’re happy; if we’re happy, we’re scoring; if we’re scoring; we’re winning. The circle of football life.
“Any one of us can score. We definitely will have chances [in games] but it’s just about converting them. We showed that we have good enough players to score us goals. We are pleased that Willian, Eden and myself were on the score-sheet. The most important thing is that we are happy.”
-Victor Moses; source: Evening Standard
Now to keep this going against Arsenal on Wednesday...