The move of the former Nigerian wide man to Spartak Moscow was completed over the weekend, but could he have offered solutions for the Blues?
Many Chelsea fans can be forgiven for forgetting that Victor Moses is still under contract with the Blues to his permanent relocation to Spartak Moscow on July 2.
After being sent out on several loans to Fenerbahce, Inter Milan and the Russian club since January 2019, he has fallen under the radar for the past two years. The process of withering away from the public eye has indeed begun in the summer of 2018 following Maurizio Sarri’s appointment in West London.
At that point, Purpose predict the West African falls broadly due to a change in tactics from a 3-4-3 to a 4-3-3 and a changed style of play under the former Napoli boss. It is not surprising that Moses appeared only six times in the first half of 18/19 before leaving for the Turkish giants.
He leaves after 128 appearances in nine years, but could the Premier League winner of 16/17 have added to the number in the final year of his contract under Thomas Tuchel?
The former Borussia Dortmund coach has generally returned to a back-to-back try that has usually been deviated from since the departure of Antonio Conte three years ago. Tuchel’s Blues recovered from the mediocre season under Frank Lampard to finish fourth in the league and achieve the club’s second Champions League success.
Despite his reputation as a tactical chameleon, the former boss of Paris Saint-Germain rarely deviated from a 3-4-3 possession, which helped keep the backline of the West London club, which in recent weeks from Lampard ‘s government has struggled to clean up.
Tuchel’s choice on the right wing was interesting. His deployment of Callum Hudson-Odoi – primarily a left-winger who would be operating on the right – in that role was somewhat similar to Moses’ conversion under Conte in 2016.
After some indifferent performances by the former Bayern Munich target, Chelsea head coach Reece James made the forerunner at the RWB for the West Londoners.
In the final weeks of the season, however, there was a tendency to interpret the young Englishman more deeply, changing Cesar Azpilicueta and the young right wing of positions and roles.
Although the Spaniard team put on consistent performances, there is a sense of his age and declining athletics suggest it was only a short-term solution. The constant cap and change in that role portrayed a manager who was apparently not convinced of his options in that position.
It is perhaps not surprising that the summer spurred the transfer targets to Achraf Hakimi and Adama Traore, possible solutions to the London giant’s problem on the wing.
The Moroccan star is apparently destined for a move to Tuchel, former PSG, following a perceived reluctance to spend the Ligue 1 team – Chelsea apparently want to offer lower than the French giants, including a player or two in negotiations.
For Adama, there remains doubt about his overall ability, end product and consistency. The powerful Wolverhampton Wanderers striker often flatters to be deceived after ending up in promising positions and unable to kick off an impressive 2019/20.
After contributing 13 goals and assists in the penultimate campaign of Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux, the team’s goal involvement dropped to four last season. Oddly enough, after outperforming his expected goals and assists two seasons ago, the 25-year-old underperformed the projected numbers over the past quarter.
Despite the incessant shouts to support the driver in the transfer market, doubts about the Wolves man have seen fans prefer that the current options be used in 21/22 rather than spending on someone who will not necessarily raise the standard .
For all of Hakimi’s gifts and end products, a division of Blues fans did not see the logic in chasing the Inter defender due to the lack of quality in other positions. The issues of the club in the midfielder, their limited options in the central midfield and a perceived absence of quality at the center partner, have mostly raised doubts about the club’s priorities.
The latter in particular could lead to Tuchel sticking to a three-man defense, as it obscures several players’ weaknesses when used in a back four.
Given the above obstacles regarding targets and the current composition of the team, there may have been some logic in Moses’ return to offer a temporary right-wing solution.
His performances in that position never resulted in an abundance of direct involvement – and an unpredictable final ball often frustrated fans – yet there could have been room for the former Super Eagle due to the financial reality of the pandemic and the short-term group building.
It can be theorized that bringing Moses back for his final year, rather than committing himself to an equally inconsistent Adama for the next four or five seasons, represents a better judgment if Tuchel really wants another body in that position. .
As a result, Chelsea would concentrate on other urgent positions – and possibly again within a year – as opposed to a relatively high amount on the Wolves’ transfer and wages.
It remains to be seen how the West London club will approach the summer window, but allowing Moses one last Stamford Bridge hurray could benefit those at Cobham temporarily and long-term.