Victor Moses: The Bull of Chelsea and Nigeria
A Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a winger or wing-back on either flank for Premier League club Chelsea and the Nigeria national team, Victor Moses turns 28 today.
Early Life :
Moses was born in Lagos, Nigeria, the son of a Christian pastor. When he was 11, his parents were killed. A week later, with his travel being paid for by relatives, Moses went to Britain as an asylum seeker. He attended Stanley Technical High School (now known as the Harris Academy) in South Norwood. Scouted playing football in the local Tandridge League for Cosmos 90 FC, Crystal Palace approached him, with the club’s Selhurst Park stadium just streets away from his school.
Victor was groomed in Crystal Palace youth system in between 2004 and 2007 before joining the first team of the feeder club in 2007. He made his senior debut in the Championship in a game against Cardiff on 6 November 2007. Overall, Moses made a total of 11 goals in 58 appearances for three seasons at the second-division club.
In 2010, a promising young player enjoyed better fortune moving to the Premier League side Wigan Athletic. He made his Premier League debut in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland in February. All in all, he made 73 appearances for the club during a two-year stint.
In the summer 2012, Moses enjoyed a meteoric rise signing for Chelsea. He made his first appearance in Chelsea shirt as a substitute in a match against Queens Park Rangers. The Nigerian forward made a full debut in a League Cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers marking his play with a late goal against the rivals. Thanks to his terrific performances, Moses was named Man of the Match after the League Cup 5-4 win over giants Manchester United.
In the season 2013/2014 Moses played on loan with Liverpool.
On 1 September 2015, Moses joined West Ham United on a season-long loan. Before joining West Ham United on loan, Moses signed a new four-year contract, which will keep him at Chelsea until 2019. Moses made his West Ham debut on 14 September in a 2–0 home win against Newcastle United, where he was named Man of the Match.
After impressing new manager Antonio Conte during preseason, Moses was included in the first-team squad. On 15 August 2016, Moses played his first league game for Chelsea in three years, coming off the bench for Eden Hazard against West Ham United in a 2–1 win.
Despite the Nigerian descent, Victor Moses was an international for England at various youth levels amassing 29 appearances in between 2005 and 2010, featuring for the under-16 team, in which he won the Victory Shield in 2005, and under-17 level. Since 2012, he is capped to the Nigeria national team.
Personal Life :
Moses grew up supporting Arsenal. He has a son, Brentley, (born 2012) and a daughter, Nyah, (born 2015).
Premier League: 2016–17
UEFA Europa League: 2012–13
Africa Cup of Nations: 2013
PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month: November 2016
A hard working wing player having 29 club goals in his bucket, Victor is a promising youngster. Happy Birthday lad !
Seen by Depanjan Dutta at Tuesday 8:17pm
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017