Victor Moses Background, Parent’s Death And Early Move To UK
Born in Lagos, Victor Moses was the son of a Christian pastor who for evangelical mission had to move to Kaduna with his family. Unfortunately while in the hotbed of religious crisis in Kaduna, Moses’s parents were killed while he was away playing football in the street. Moses had to be taken into hiding by well-meaning neighbours until his parent’s family had him flown to the United Kingdom to seek asylum. Moses asylum application was approved and he moved in with a foster family in South London.
Moses continued his exploit in football as early as he settled in London and was quickly spotted by scouts while playing in the local Tandridge League for Cosmos 90 FC. It was at that point Crystal Palace approached him and offered him a place in their famed Eagles’ academy.
Victor Moses Club Football History With Chelsea, Liverpool, Inter And Sparta Moscow
At 16, Moses made his first team appearance for Crystal Palace and scored his first goal against West Bromwich Albion. In January 2010, Moses completed a move to Premier League with Wigan Athletic for £2.5million. Moses struggled for a starting jersey given increased competition in the team. However, Moses capitalised on the departure of Charles N’Zogbia and became a frequent starter for Wigan in the 2011–12 season.
Chelsea completed the transfer of Moses from Wigan on 23 August 2012. Moses turned up for his first full debut for the Blues in a League Cup game against Wolves and netted his first goal at the 71st minute.
Moses signed for Liverpool in 2013 on a season-long loan deal, scoring on his first appearance against Swansea City in a 2–2 draw. The following year, Moses joined Stoke City on loan and received the Man of The Match Award after providing an assist for Peter Crouch in a game against Newcastle United. Chelsea manager, José Mourinho attempted to recall Moses back to the club to cover for some departing players but he turned down the offer and remained with Stoke till the end of the season.
Moses went on another season long loan to West Ham United before returning to Chelsea under Antonio Conte in 2016. Moses enjoyed much success under Conte after the coach reverted to a 3-4-3 formation where Moses earned a starting shirt in the wingback role. Moses made 40 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions scoring four goals as they won the English Premeirship title.
After Conte left Chelsea with whom Moses had built a strong relation, he fell out of favour with Maurizio Sarri, Conte’s successor and was loaned out to Fenerbahce in the mid-season of 2019. His sojourned in Turkey was however cut short after Moses re-joined Antonio Conte at Inter Milan on a six-month loan deal.
Moses in October 2020 joined Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan in the Russian Premier League. He made his first appearance in October and scored his first goal in a 3–1 away win against Krasnodar.
Having being under Chelsea’s payroll for nine years, the club announced that Moses had made a permanent move to Spartak Moscow and signed a two-year contract with the club.