After nearly a decade on the club’s books, but with most of that time spent in the Loan Army — and yet still playing a key part in three trophies for us — Victor Moses has had a Chelsea career pretty much like no other.
He joined as a 21-year-old exciting young winger in that fateful post-Champions League summer of 2012, scored almost as many goals (10) as fellow newcomer Eden Hazard (13) on our way to a Europa League crown, then was lost in the loan wilderness (Liverpool, Stoke City, West Ham), then came back to transform into a wing-back and a key player under Antonio Conte (winning the league and the FA Cup), and then returned to his wanderings around Europe. After stints in Turkey and Italy, the latest bit of globetrotting saw him join Spartak Moscow for the season, to play under head coach Domenico Tedesco, one of a new generation of coaches who’s looked to Conte for inspiration.
Unsurprisingly, Tedesco has been deploying Moses mostly as a right-sided wing-back, and the now 30-year-old Chelsea man has been repaying that trust, especially lately, with 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 7 Russian Premier League appearances — including both assists in Spartak’s 2-1 win yesterday over Arsenal Tula, which moved them up to second in the league and earned Moses the Man of the Match distinction.
Moses’s loan contract has a built-in buyout clause, and Tedesco’s hoping that the club will end up activating it.
“The buyout of Moses is the club’s business, I can’t give advice. I think his arrival was a very good decision, Victor helped us a lot. At the start of the season, we played many matches in anticipation of the new right-back, which is Moses.
“In some episodes, it is seen that this is a player of a different class. Today he played a great game, played well both attacking and defensively”.
-Domenico Tedesco; source: Sport Express via All Nigeria Soccer
Moses does have one more year left on his Chelsea contract as well, but after a decade of doing the loan limbo dance, it’s perhaps in everyone’s best interest to find a more permanent arrangement.