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Chelsea’s Dagger Amidst Failed Shields: Why This Attacker Could Be What Conte’s Needs

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

The career of Victor Moses is a perfect example of a describable roller-coaster ride; from the admirable highs of his Wigan Athletic days to the lows during José Mourinho’s reign at Chelsea as he was forced to flutter helplessly to various clubs. The next part of his intriguing career kicked off after a sigh of relief eventually blew as a consequence of a promising start to the campaign under the newly appointed boss for the Blues.

Elaborating the last part, just when his future looked bleak at the Stamford Bridge, the Nigerian international was handed a vote of confidence from Antonio Conte, as a result of which he produced a memorable stellar performance that perfectly suited the Italian’s managerial tutelage. With a 3-5-2 formation, Moses wonderfully chipped into the side and operated as a wing back against Hull City which was lauded by the manager and pundits alike.

In the 85 minutes he was on the pitch against Mike Phelan’s troops, the 25-year-old worked relentlessly on his first start in a Chelsea shirt since May 2013. As a matter of fact, he seemed fantastic with the way he gelled into the side so well, fulfilled his defensive as well as offensive positions and was equally up to the mark during the one-v-ones.

On the flanks, he was lethal while coming down the right, spearheading with pace and tenacity and putting up his high-class attributes on display at the KCOM Stadium. Every time he had the ball at his feet, one could anticipate that something special was likely to materialise. Moreover, a lot of directness was seen from his game, something the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian can reflect upon for bettering themselves.

Moses is someone a manager can use for his versatility. An amazing level of forward-thinking mindset coupled with an enormous knack to pass the ball around and let the team keep ticking makes him a perfect fit at the moment. The ability to drive the team forward and dribble past the defenders with relative ease make decent crosses impose the view of him being tailor-made for the structure Conte has advocated time and again.

What was especially good to see was the way he constantly tracked back to support the pack of three defenders at the back, committed himself quite well defensively and went in for the challenges for refrainment.

The tactical flexibility he offered gave a reminder to Conte of how effective he can be in his project of rebuilding Chelsea, should this form continue on a regular basis. Of course, he is far from being a polished material, his rough edges can take a notable polishing under the tactical sound manager in Conte to elevate himself to a whole new level once again.

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