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Victor Moses

BIOGRAPHY

Victor Moses signed from Wigan Athletic on 24 August 2012.

The then 21-year-old winger's last appearance in Wigan colours had come in Chelsea's 2-0 win at the DW Stadium the previous weekend, when he caught the eye with his strong running out wide.

The first season of his Chelsea career was spent at the club before three Premier League loan seasons followed, but under Antonio Conte for 2016/17 Moses was restored as a member of the first team squad.

Victor Moses reached 100 Chelsea appearances against Brighton on Boxing Day 2017

photo of Milestone Milestone

The Nigerian international is a product of the Crystal Palace youth academy and made his first team debut for the south London club in late 2007.

After establishing himself with the Championship side, Moses transferred to Wigan at the end of January 2010, shortly after Palace's financial problems had forced them into administration, and he quickly settled into life in the Premier League.

In total he played 74 league games for the Latics, following 58 for Crystal Palace.

At international level, Moses appeared for England from schoolboy up to Under-21s, but opted to represent Nigeria at senior level, and made his debut in February 2012 against Rwanda.

Moses was an unused substitute during Chelsea's 4-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat in August 2012 at the hands of Atletico Madrid in Monaco, before coming on as a second-half substitute in successive league games against Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City.

He made his first start for the club in a 6-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Capital One Cup, and capped a solid display with his first goal for the Blues, heading home to complete the scoring on the night.

A week later he was handed his European debut, starting in a 4-0 win against FC Nordsjaelland before being replaced by Eden Hazard midway through the second half.

Having impressed in a 5-4 Capital One Cup win against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on the last day in October 2012, Moses was handed his first league start three days later for a visit to Swansea. He appeared to have secured all three points for the Blues by giving us the lead midway through the second half with a close-range header, before the home side equalised in the closing stages.

Four days later Moses was the hero when he headed home a stoppage-time winner to secure a 3-2 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk (below). He also scored in both legs of our Europa League quarter-final win over Rubin Kazan later that season.

Moses wheels away after heading a last-minute against Shakhtar Donetsk in 2012

Having also scored an important goal in an FA Cup third-round win away at Southampton, he then travelled to South Africa to represent Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and was outstanding as his nation won the tournament for the first time since 1994. Qualification for the knockout stage was in doubt before Moses won and scored two late penalties in the third group game. He was also involved in the final's only goal against Burkina Faso.

Having not played in the first four matches of the 2013/14 season, and with Willian and Samuel Eto'o joining and Jose Mourinho wanting to manage the size of his squad, on transfer deadline day Moses moved to Liverpool on a season-long loan, during which he made nine starts, 13 sub appearances and scored two goals.

At the end of the 2013/14 season he was named in the Nigerian squad ahead of the World Cup and featured in all of their matches as they reached the second round.

Moses clears off the line in the 2014 World Cup

On 16 August 2014 it was announced that Moses had joined Stoke City on loan until the end of the season. It was a largely successful time at the Potteries club who finished ninth in the Premier League, albeit one punctuated by injury. He made 23 appearances and scored four goals.

On 1 September 2015, and following a substitute appearance for Chelsea in the Community Shield against Arsenal, it was announced Moses had signed a new four-year contract with the Blues and would spend the 2015/16 season on loan at West Ham United.

He scored in a win at Man City in his second game and went on to make 26 appearances, 16 of them starts as the Hammers qualified for the Europa League and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, Moses finding the net in a fifth-round tie at Blackburn.

Moses caught the eye during Chelsea's pre-season in the summer of 2016, not for the first time at that stage of a campaign, but this time new manager Antonio Conte opted to keep the player for the season ahead rather than give him more loan experience and it was a decision that paid off when he decided to play with wing-backs in the October. Moses slotted into the right wing-back role as if he had played there all his life and was a big factor in a very impressive rise to the top of the Premier League table.

He scored in a win over champions Leicester having netted twice earlier in the season when playing as a more conventional winger, and then hit the winner at home to Spurs as November 2016 drew to a close (below). However it was equally for his defending as his attacking down the right flank that Moses was heralded as one of the main reasons why the 3-4-3 shape worked so well for Chelsea.

Moses scores against Tottenham in November 2016

At the start of March 2017, his form was rewarded with a two-year extension to his contract, taking it on to 2021.

By the end of the Premier League campaign, Moses had played in 34 of the 38 games which took Chelsea to the title, starting 29 of them. He scored three league goals. There was however an unhappy ending to the best season of his career so far when he was dismissed for two yellow card offences in our FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal.

He had cause for celebration against the seam team at the same venue a few months later, opening the scoring in what turned out to be a penalty shoot-out defeat in the Community Shield. 

He netted three more times in 2017/18, in wins over Brighton, West Brom and Burnley, and continued to feature regularly at right wing-back. He played 38 times in all competitions over the course of the campaign, and ended the season by winning the FA Cup for the first time, playing the full 90 minutes at Wembley as we beat Manchester United.