Photo credit: @sport-magazine.co.ukChelsea’s Victor Moses has revealed the three key ingredients that has helped him to eventually reach the top after years of loan spells.
Moses signed for the Chelsea in 2012, but despite helping them win the Europa League in that first season, he found it difficult to get into the team in the years that followed.
And prior to his change of fortunes at Stamford Bridge under new manager Antonio Conte, the 25-year-old Nigerian may have returned to the club for pre-season this summer bracing himself for another loan spell after his time with Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham.
The change in his situation is a development that has surprised many, but not Moses who knows better than most how quickly everything can change and the Super Eagles star in an interview with sport-magazine
admitted to being a little bit frustrated.
“I’ve been a little bit frustrated, I’m not going to lie. You spend about a month-plus in the hotel before you find your own place to stay – stuff there kind of plays in your head, and obviously the kids have to go to another place, go to school.
"I’ve not actually had time to relax. When the season finishes, you have to move back to London again, and those kind of things play in a footballer’s head." said Moses
But everything changed with the arrival of Conte as manager and the Eagles' forward Moses has rewarded Conte’s faith in style, becoming a standout performer in Chelsea’s new 3-4-3 system, playing in an unfamiliar role as a right wing-back, but chipping in with goals including the winner against Tottenham last back in November.
"Every manager is different. He came in and he saw something, he knew he could work with me. During pre-season he came up to me and told me I was going to stay this season, that he didn’t want me to go anywhere on loan. That he believes in me. That gave me a boost, that gave me confidence to actually go out there and express myself more and work hard for it – to help him as well."
After years of frustration on the Chelsea fringes, his talent is being realised at the top level under Conte and despite being shaped by tragedy, but not controlled by it, Moses says he is driven by fortune, forgiveness and faith.