News around London club, Chelsea in recent days have been about the firing of Antonio Conte and the subsequent arrival of compatriot, Maurizio Sarri in the managerial dugout. The Chelsea players were pictured laughing and playing at Cobham, the club’s training ground the next day which many have said pointed to the fact that most of the team were happy with the exit of Conte. One player that may be thinking of what the future might hold for him now will be Nigerian international, Victor Moses.
The player was one of the first names on the teamsheet for Conte, playing as a right wingback and performing the demands of the role to nearly 100% perfection. The arrival of Sarri means that the team will revert to a flat four-man defence, a formation that could see Moses struggling for minutes. Club vice-captain, Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to be number 1 right-back while one of Willian or Pedro will be jostling for the right wing position in a 4-3-3 formation, which is Sarri’s preferred tactical setup.
The last two years of Conte in West London saw Moses reach a new level of importance to the team as his power, pace and ability to think as a winger saw him make the right wingback position his own. Things are going to change this summer and perhaps it is time for the 27-year-old to start thinking of his own future. After playing so much in the past couple of years, going back to the bench at this stage of his career is perhaps not going to be the right decision.
After being loaned out for three years before Conte’s arrival, he has nothing more to prove at the moment after being a vital member of the first team for the last two years. He still has the chance of impressing the manager when he comes back from holiday, but with the transfer window shutting down in just over three weeks, he should start thinking of the possibility of playing for other teams in the Premier League. He will be in demand and even get his chance or playing further forward, which is his preferred position.
Moses has done well and should leave when the ovation is loudest. His mentor has left, and maybe time is right for him to move we well.