Roberto Di Matteo must be a great believer in the old saying ‘good things come to those who wait’ having completed the deals of two of his long term transfer targets.
The arrival of Spanish right back Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille was confirmed today while a £9 million fee has been agreed for Moses, who will complete his move from Wigan Athletic subject to a successful medical.
Di Matteo has been determined to get the Nigerian forward, having had four previous bids turned down by the Lancashire club. But the Italian’s Chelsea reign has been marked by success both on the field and in the transfer market. Having secured the big money transfers of Eden Hazard and Brazilian youngster Oscar it seemed only a matter of time before Moses swapped relegation candidates for European champions.
Despite Di Matteo’s steadfast ambition to land the youngster, he will be, and quite rightly so, one of the Blue’s less heralded signings this summer. European champions attract star players and it is an indication of the task ahead of Moses. For he is no longer the talisman of the team as he was at Wigan and even if he is a success his influence will be significantly decreased given the sheer weight of talent around him.
Let’s take nothing away from Moses. He was inspired as he dragged Wigan away from relegation last time and his eighteen months at the club has been a time of real development. He certainly deserves his move.
But the question remains does he have what it takes to be a success at Chelsea? And will he get the chance to succeed?
Moses has the unenviable task of usurping Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata, Raul Meireles, and Marko Marin for a starting spot on either flank in support of Fernando Torres. Ryan Bertrand and Ramires also add to the competition when Di Matteo favours a more defensive outlook.
The forward’s playing time is guaranteed to be limited. In all honestly Hazard and Mata are likely to start the majority of the games they are available for, leaving Moses in competition for the third attacking midfielder spot against potentially five others.
There is the option of him being deployed more centrally, as a striker. But if not for the unlikely event that Torres has a repeat of last season opportunities will be few and far between, particularly as Di Matteo has intimated that he will play his latest signing out wide.
Since his arrival from Crystal Palace Moses’ game has developed significantly. Much of that has been due to his exposure to first team football. Ironically that exposure has lead to a move which will see his playing time drastically reduced.
Moses of course has the ability to be succeed at Chelsea and playing with top players will only improve him. However, with so much competition the stars he now calls his team mates could be the reason for his development stalling.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!