Chelsea outcast moves to Stoke on loan

Stoke City have completed the signing of Victor Moses on a season long loan deal from Chelsea.

The Nigerian midfielder spent last season on loan at Liverpool, but after a promising start, scoring on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Swansea, he later found himself on the preiphery of the first team.

In the season before Moses had been useful squad player for Chelsea under Rafael Benitez, contributing 10 goals in 43 appearances as the Blues went on to win the Europa League. After that season Moses was unlucky to find himself far from the first team after the signings of Andre Schurrle and Willian, along with the return from loan of Kevin De Bruyne.

His move to Liverpool was something of a surprise given that the Merseyside team finished above Chelsea in the Premier League. Perhaps Mourinho underestimated the strength of the challenge from Anfield, or perhaps Chelsea were motivated by a decent financial incentive.

Stoke appears to be something of a step down from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, but Mark Hughes is building an intriguing team from the solid foundations laid by Tony Pulis.

Also joining Moses at the Brittania this season is Bojan Kirkic. Mark Hughes is employing a risky strategy by signing two highly talented, yet inconsistent youngsters for his attack, however the results could be spectacular if either or both truly blossom this season. With a solid, hard working team behind them, Hughes can afford the risks.

Updated: August 17, 2014 — 10:15 pm
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