While it is not an unfamiliar feeling, it certainly is not ideal for the 27-year-old, following two seasons under the previous management in which he enjoyed a surge in relevance at Stamford Bridge. It was always unlikely he would be to Sarri’s liking, but it is still an abrupt fall from grace.
Player Stats — Victor Moses
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He may not be wanted at Chelsea, but his ability and experience in the Premier League means there are quite a few teams who could do with his services.
West Ham United
The Hammers seem to have found a semblance of stability after a worrisome start to the season. The signings of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko has given them some dynamism on the flanks, and Marko Arnautovic continues to impress leading the line.
However, a long-term injury to Yarmolenko has thrown a spanner in the works. The beneficiary has been youngster Grady Diangana, who has manfully filled in in the short term. Undoubtedly one for the future, it is however a lot to ask that a 20-year-old, in his first top-flight season, carry the hopes of the team.
Moses, even if only on a short term deal, could provide a solution. He enjoyed a good spell on loan with West Ham in the 2015/16 season under Slaven Bilic, and a return could be mutually beneficial.
A tad far-fetched, but it might turn out to be the right fit.
It seems now like Anthony Martial has branded the left side of the Red Devils’ attack with his initials, but there continues to be some uncertainty as to the custodian on the opposite flank.
Jose Mourinho has made no secret, throughout his career, of wanting wingers who can work backwards to protect the structural integrity of the side, and has fallen out with some high-profile players in his quest for an auxiliary wing-back when his team is transitioning into defence.
Having two season’s worth of experience playing at wing-back, Moses would seem to suit this role down to a tee. He is pacy enough to contribute at both ends (unlike Juan Mata), and diligent enough to track his man (unlike Alexis Sanchez).
Unlikely? Yes, but it could work, in theory.
After the success of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea sparked a craze of three centre-back systems, things seem to have reverted to ‘normal’ again. Wolves are one of a kind then; they play a 3-4-3 system, with wing-backs Jonny and Matt Doherty bombing on to provide width.
The latter has been a revelation this season for Wolves, as they started extremely bright. That momentum, however, has slowed somewhat in recent weeks, with manager Nuno Espirito Santo admitting that a lack of competition in certain positions may be breeding complacency.
Having played as a specialist wing-back for two wildly successful seasons at Chelsea, the Nigeria international has the chops to, at the very least, light a fire under the Irishman Doherty. There is even an argument he would represent an upgrade, all things considered.
It is with the Eagles that Moses began his career at youth level, and a return there would represent a homecoming of sorts.
On a purely footballing level, there are pros and cons to this one. Palace are something of a rehab for struggling wingers, who almost invariably find a new lease of life. There is also something to be said for the love and warmth they direct to a player like Wilfried Zaha, who is enjoying himself again after a sad sojourn away at a big club.
However, as a consequence, he has quite a few players to contend with for a spot, not least of which is Andros Townsend, another who has been rehabilitated at Selhurst Park.
Considering that one of the reason Moses retired from international football was to focus on his family, a return to a club where he is loved might be the perfect ending.
Sean Dyche’s side have a style which could be perfect for Moses.
Heavily wing-based, and aiming to exploit the wide areas, they would find in Moses a willing runner who is proficient in 1v1s, and is capable of delivering accurate crosses.
There is a danger that the Clarets, so impressive last season, have gone a bit stale. Part of that is to do with the predictability of their approach, and while Moses fits it perfectly, he also brings a bit of an x-factor, with his flair and penchant for the unexpected.
With Johann Berg Gudmundsson focused on whipping in deliveries, a dribbling, slaloming Moses would offer the perfect counterbalance on the opposite side in a way that Aaron Lennon does not necessarily.