There are certain players who feel like they have been around for an absolute lifetime and former Crystal Palace man Victor Moses is one of them.
Fans outside of Selhurst Park would be forgiven for forgetting that, once upon a time, Victor Moses turned out for the Eagles. And we say that because, as eluded to above, it feels like he has been around for an absolute lifetime.
Moses was handed his debut against Cardiff City as a fresh-faced 16-year-old in November 2007 and went on to play an extraordinarily key role in their climb towards the much-revered play-offs in his first season. Some of the more weathered and experienced fans amongst you may remember the days of the Football League Show, which aired on Saturday nights (we miss you). Indeed, a run of six goals in eight games in 2010 would’ve likely made Steve Claridge and co explode.
Moses donned all the typical characteristics you’d expect from a young player bundling their way onto the professional scene. Quick, powerful, brave and effective – is the kind of generic drivel we hate to produce, but in the Nigerian’s case, it rang so very true.
Sadly, with financial issues rife and Palace’s future uncertain, Moses’ head was turned when the mighty Wigan came knocking in the summer of 2010 – which shows just how far Palace have come in the past few years. Imagine making that move now. Jeepers.
Despite struggling to reach anywhere near the form showed at former club, Moses somehow attracted the attention of Chelsea. And when we say somehow, what we really mean is that the Blues were more than likely trying to fill their quota of homegrown talents.
Anyone who knows anything about football will know that Stamford Bridge isn’t exactly the safest choice for youngsters, and Moses sadly fell victim to this trend. One disastrous loan spell after another, Moses found himself making temporary moves around the country before, somehow, breaking into the first-team under Antonio Conte and earning himself a Premier League trophy as a converted wing back in the process.
The dream didn’t last too long, though. With the arrival of Sarri came a new system, and before Moses could plea “b-b-but…Antonio liked me!” he was warming the Stamford Bridge bench.
Moses escaped the club in January to join Turkish side Fenerbahçe, and though he is due to return in the summer, we doubt very much that there is a place for him back in the squad.
Palace fans, what are your standout memories of Victor Moses? Let us know in the comments below…
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