Victor Moses completes Russian transfer

Qualification for the knockout stage had been in doubt until his late intervention in the final group game against Ethiopia as he won and scored two late penalties, before playing a part in the only goal of the final. During his time at Chelsea, Moses also represented Nigeria at the World Cup in 2014 and 2018, scoring in the latter against Argentina.

A product of the Crystal Palace youth academy, Moses didn’t feature in any of the first four matches of the 2013/14 season as the arrival of Willian and Samuel Eto’o added to Jose Mourinho’s forward options. On transfer deadline day, he moved to Liverpool, the first of three consecutive season-long loan moves to Premier League clubs, with Stoke City and West Ham following.

Yet a change of manager in the summer of 2016, combined with Moses catching the eye in pre-season, saw Antonio Conte opt to keep him as part of the squad and that decision paid off to great effect in October when the Italian switched to a 3-4-3 system, utilising Moses and Marcos Alonso as wing-backs. In the first game starting with that shape, away at Hull City, his endless energy in a new role won individual plaudits in a 2-0 win.

The alteration coincided with our remarkable rise to the top of the Premier League table, with goals against champions Leicester City and a Stamford Bridge winner at home to Tottenham endearing him to the Chelsea faithful once again. However, it was not just his well-established attacking quality down the right flank that caught the eye, with Conte’s emphasis on tactical discipline forcing Moses to develop the defensive side of his game. 

His rapid transformation from winger to wing-back paid huge dividends and Moses was widely heralded as one of the main reasons why the 3-4-3 shape worked so well for the Blues.