Pundit explains why unlikely Chelsea star has been revelation
The Spurs legend heaps praise on Victor Moses after the Chelsea star's breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge
Garth Crooks believes Victor Moses’ adaptability has made the Chelsea defender a revelation in his first season under Antonio Conte.
The Nigeria international has been a vital cog in the Italian’s system in the 2016-17 season after Conte made the decision to utilise Moses despite his lack of first-team opportunities under previous managers.
The 25-year-old has thrived in Conte’s 3-4-3 formation which has seen the former Liverpool and Wigan Athletic midfielder play at wing-back on the right wing throughout Chelsea’s title-winning campaign.
Moses has contributed three goals and has made two assists to set up his Chelsea team-mates in what has been a breakthrough season for Moses at Stamford Bridge.
Writing in his BBC Sport column about Moses’ impressive season in the Chelsea first-team, former Spurs striker Crooks said:
“The screams of delight by Victor Moses as he embraced Batshuayi after the striker secured victory at The Hawthorns was a compelling sight.
“Here were two young men who had just realised they had won the Premier League title and at the same time embedded themselves into Chelsea folklore.
“Did either of them ever think at the beginning of this season that they would be sharing in such a momentous occasion? I doubt it. Yet here they were revelling in the moment.”
Crooks added: “Moses has been a revelation for Chelsea this season, partly due to his ability to adapt to a system few thought would be successful in the Premier League never mind win the title, and the consummate manner in which he has made the position his own. Moses could have won the Chelsea the title himself when he brought a fantastic one-handed save from Ben Foster.”
Moses has made 33 appearances in the Premier League this season to help Chelsea win a second title in three campaigns.
The Nigerian has been a key part of the second-best defence in the Premier League alongside Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz.