It is no secret that Antonio Conte is enjoying his time in England, transforming last season’s tenth-placed Chelsea back into major title contenders. They are proudly sitting at the top of the Premier League table, eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
The Italian has made many changes, including the signing of Leicester’s star man N’Golo Kante and bringing fan favourite David Luiz back to Stamford Bridge. However, the most unpredictable change Conte made was reintroducing out of favour Victor Moses into the Chelsea set-up. Moses was deemed not good enough by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who loaned him out in three consecutive seasons to Liverpool, Stoke City, and West Ham.
Conte told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I could see his potential from the first days of the summer training camp.”
Moses was an attacking winger by trade but Conte has deployed the Nigerian as a wing back and has reaped rewards from the tactical decision. Moses had clear potential earlier in his career during his time at Wigan, which he is fulfilling this season. Being able to exploit his pace, physical strength, and ability to cover 70 metres of the pitch, has been key to Chelsea’s success and is already on the radar of Premier League rivals.
Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 system has suited Moses possibly more than any other player in the Chelsea line-up. It allows Moses to use his blistering pace and decisiveness to break down defences and create numerous chances. His strong presence and physicality provides cover for when Conte’s men are stuck in a tough defensive position. More importantly, Moses has incredible stamina and determination, which keeps him going throughout the full match, hardly ever losing steam.
Defensively, Moses has been imperative in helping Chelsea hold an incredible 13 clean sheets this season, more than any other club in the league. The remarkable star has only missed one game this season, playing a total 1,678 minutes. During his time on the pitch, he can boast a 90% tackle success rate, including 36 interceptions and 42 clearances.
Conte can only hope Moses can keep fit and injury free, whilst maintaining his outstanding performances, for the second half of the season as they push even closer to the Premier League title.