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Landing Moses may force Hodgson to change Zaha’s position

Landing Moses may force Hodgson to change Zaha’s position

According to The Sun, Chelsea are willing to let Victor Moses leave Stamford Bridge in January for £12m. 

The versatile player has been initially linked with Fulham and Crystal Palace, for whom’s academy he played for and made over 50 first team appearances.

Should The Eagles reunite with their former player, it may cause a positional shuffle from manager Roy Hodgson to allow his best players to feature regularly.

If the Nigeria international should join and play as a winger, that would mean that one of the Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha would miss out. However, those two have probably been the club’s best performers so far this season, and would be a very odd move if one was to miss out on a starting berth.

Therefore, in order to accommodate all three players, Hodgson may need to fashion Zaha into a striker, with Townsend and former Premier League winner Moses occupying either wing. This obviously allows all three to play, but also addresses the club’s current predicament regarding their strikers.

The Eagles’ strike force has been remarkably blunt this season, with little or nothing from Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew or Alexander Sørloth. As a result, the manager has relied on Zaha and Townsend to play up front. While neither are natural strikers, they have still done a better job than the alternatives.

While Zaha may be more comfortable on the wing, it may be a necessity for him to lead the line due to the club’s state up front. The addition of Moses would only make this positional shift more likely.

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