The deadline-day signing of Victor Moses on a year-long loan adds depth to Liverpool's forward line...
Liverpool strengthened their attacking line-up with the deadline-day signing of Victor Moses. The 22 year old Nigerian has joined on a year-long loan deal from Chelsea. The winger, who signed for Chelsea from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2012, has been pushed down the pecking order at the London based club as Jose Mourinho has preferred Kevin De Bruyne and André Schürrle on the right wing while the arrival of Willian which adds to the competition for places.
Although he can operate from the left, not to mention his ability to play as a lone striker, the personnel at Chelsea is much more experienced than Moses, thereby leading to his move to Anfield.
He made 43 appearances for the Blues last season, scoring 10 times, including crucial goals against Swansea in the League, Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and in the Europa League where he scored in both legs of the quarter-final against Rubin Kazan and the semi-final against FC Basel.
Full of pace and with the ability to dribble past defenders, Moses has that incisiveness which lets him get past the stringent of defenses. Moses has time and again proved himself to be an attacking outlet from the wings and offers the team plenty of width.
Hugging the touchline most of the time, Moses likes to play one-twos while making sure he gets away from his marker in time to get into the space behind.
Impact players like Moses especially come to the fore when the midfield is congested and avenues through the middle are blocked off.
A loan move could mean that Moses still has a long term future at the club, and at just 22, he is yet to reach his peak. A good season with consistent playing time at a club chasing Champions League football will certainly do him no harm at all.
The deal also favours Chelsea as they have not inserted an option of a permanent transfer, thereby making sure they don’t lose him on the cheap. Thus, from the outset, it looks like a smart piece of business from Chelsea, making sure they don’t have a talented youngster rotting on the bench for a season but instead, he will gain much needed experience in a side that might truly value and use his potential.
As for Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers using a slight variant of the 4-3-3 formation, with a 'pass-and-move' strategy to make focused attacks on goal, the wide-men need to be accurate with their crossing, something that Moses should be comfortable with. Stewart Downing’s departure to West Ham United means Moses will be an option for Liverpool out wide. Also with Rodgers preferring to play Coutinho behind the striker, Moses will get a start on the left.
This particular signing for the Merseyside club, adds even more to an already potent forward line. All in all, this season promises to be a better one for both Liverpool and Moses.
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