With Aaron Wan-Bissaka leaving Crystal Palace this summer in a move worth £45m plus £5m in add ons, it leaves the London club lacking quality in the right-back department with Joel Ward and Martin Kelly being left at Selhurst Park. The transfer could provide the south London club with the funds to boost the quality and depth in the squad, and this Chelsea outcast could be the perfect fit for Roy Hodgson’s side.
Victor Moses played a crucial part in Chelsea’s last Premier League triumph, where the Nigerian international played a right wing-back role under Italian manager Antonio Conte. In the successful season for the Blues Moses played 38 times, scoring four goals and registering four assists. Moses has since fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge in recent times with the 28-year-old being loaned to Fenerbahce in January of last season. During his time in Turkey, Moses was deployed in a more attacking position, playing on either flank, which highlights the versatility of the Nigerian.
Given that injury problems allowed Wan-Bissaka to cement a place in the team, if Ward and Kelly can maintain fitness upon their return to the team next season, it could see Moses return to a more attacking position, another area that the club requires some depth in. If the rumoured move of Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal is successful, then it leaves Andros Townsend as the only orthodox winger at Selhurst Park. Throughout last season German attacking midfielder Max Meyer was deployed in the wide left role, but with the signing of Moses, it could see the former Schalke man return to a more natural central berth. Statistically, Moses is stronger offensively, averaging 1.5 key passes per game and 1.3 dribbles per game. One of Moses strengths is his ability to work both ways, he is useful in the attacking phase but is not frightened to put a shift in defensively too, something that could prove helpful in Hodgson’s counter-attacking style of play.
Valued at £9m, Palace could do much worse than utilising a snippet of the Wan-Bissaka money to buy a player that has Premier League experience, as well as providing multiple solutions to different gaps in the squad. Although this would be a decent bit of business, it should only act as the starting point for the south London club’s transfer activity with further reinforcements needed.