Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hailed Nigeria winger Victor Moses as the player continues to thrive in his new role at the Premier League side.
In his second start for the Blues, Moses scored a goal in the 3-0 defeat of Premier League champions Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The 25-year-old, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, was reportedly considered quitting Chelsea after his loan spell at West Ham expired in the summer for playing time elsewhere. But Conte stopped him. Chelsea had earlier loaned Moses to Liverpool and Stoke.
Moses forced his way into the former Italy manager’s plans with his impressive performances during preseason and he is now a regular player for the side.
According to Conte, who took over the reins at Chelsea after managing Italy at Brazil 2014, Moses is playing well because he insisted on seeing the player during the preseason.
“When I arrived at Chelsea, I asked the club to see Moses in preseason. I knew him very well and his reputation,” the former Italy international was quoted by Evening Standard as saying.
“He played a good game as a winger when we played the 4-2-4. He is a very good player. Now he is playing wing-back and it’s fantastic for us because he has great attention in the defensive situation and can go one against one in attack.”
Conte, who promised to continue with Moses, said he had discovered that the player performs better in the 3-4-3 formation, saying he would play him as a wing-back for the league game against Manchester United at the weekend.
“(Marcos) Alonso always played this role but Moses is a winger. His education is fantastic. I’m pleased for him,” he said.Punch