On Monday, Victor Moses is in line to play his first game away at the club where he spent last season on loan.
Although taking to the pitch against former team-mates is nothing new to the 26-year-old, this time the club is the one where he enjoyed his most productive loan in terms of appearances made. It helped pave the way for his successful Chelsea campaign so far this season.
Indeed the Hammers’ boss Slaven Bilic has been talking highly of Moses’s ability this week, and for the player, he has felt a degree in continuity in his switch from east back to west London.
‘Slaven is a good manager, he’s very passionate about his job, a lot like Antonio Conte,’ Moses tells the official Chelsea website.
‘You notice the manager [Conte], he’s constantly talking and making sure you’re in the right position and doing the right thing. It’s good to have a manager like that and he gives you so much confidence to go out there and express yourself.’
Bilic, in the ongoing build-up to Monday’s game, said of Moses: ‘His potential, his characteristics, his strength, were always amazing. His pace, quality on the ball and stamina is basically top, top class. Sometimes you have to push him to do it day in day out and now he is doing it.
‘He is playing in a position that is not basically his ideal position – or wasn’t his ideal position. It makes his achievement even greater. He should be very proud of what he has done since the start of the season.’
He also reported the now departed Dmitri Payet thought Moses was the best player at West Ham last year. Moses agrees with Bilic that he has stepped up since then.
‘I think this is the best football I’ve played in my career and to be doing it at a big club like Chelsea makes it mean even more,’ says the man who signed an extension to his contract this week.
‘I still feel like I’m improving and just want to keep learning more about the position and keep improving. Every game I play I feel more comfortable and have more belief in myself.
‘I’m pleased to be scoring more goals this season but I think there are still more I could get. There will always be chances, and I think I can get more.
‘My year at West Ham was good, I did okay, but it’s all about Chelsea now and I’m fully concentrated. Hopefully we can go there on Monday and get three points.’
Although he was not in the squad for the League Cup tie in October, Moses attended the match – to date his only visit to the London Stadium. The Blues head there nine days after we were last in action, placing plenty of emphasis on the preparations at Cobham.
‘Every game is important and training as well,’ says Moses. ‘We work extremely hard, whether you’ve had a couple of days off or not, and we do a fair bit of running. We’ll be fully prepared, we’re all very fit this season and the manager always makes sure we are doing the right things and eating the right things. Winning games is good for us.’