Victor Moses is relishing the opportunity to face West Ham at London Stadium on Monday. The Chelsea wing back spent last season on loan at Upton Park, but is keen to impress when he returns to his old club.
Moses told British media:
"I had a great time there last season, it's a nice memory but I'm a Chelsea player now and I'm enjoying my football. I can't wait to go to the London Stadium and hopefully we'll get three points.
I've always wanted to play for this big club, it's one of the best clubs in the world at the moment and I'm enjoying every single minute."
The Nigeria international made 26 appearances for the Hammers and scored two goals from the wing; he is a man reborn in Antonio Conte’s Chelsea team, and operates primarily as a wing-back.
Moses has been a key part of the Blues’ fantastic season, which sees them 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with 26 games played. Moses has featured in 25 of these games and has contributed 3 goals. Nothing from last season suggested to West Ham fans that the player was capable of this sort of form.
“We're not looking at the table at the moment, we still have 12 matches to play and we just need to take each game as it comes.
We just want to stay grounded and win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season."
Today it was announced that Moses has signed a two-year contract extension, which will keep him at Chelsea until 2021.
"I feel very excited. I’m delighted to be here for another few years now and to sign a new deal.
Now it’s time to concentrate on the team and keep working hard to make sure we win games and try to win the Premier League this season.
We’re having a great season, I’m enjoying my football and we have a good manager here that has given every single one of us confidence. I just want to keep on enjoying it and working hard for the team.”
On a personal note, I am still shocked at how important Victor Moses has been for Chelsea this season. He had a decent season for West Ham last year, but certainly wasn’t tearing it up; we had the option to make the loan move permanent in April 2016, but turned it down. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Since Chelsea signed Moses in 2012, he has been sent on three season-long loans, to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham respectively. In that time he managed to score just 5 league goals. 25 games into the current Premier League season Moses has 3 goals.
After leaving West Ham, it seemed like the player was destined for another year on loan before Chelsea sold him. Conte’s system has done wonders for Moses and he is a key player for a team that looks destined to steamroller their way another Premier League title.
Let’s hope West Ham can make that objective a little more difficult on Monday. The last time we faced the Blues at London Stadium we won 2-1. Who says it can’t happen again?