This season, much of the fanfare and spotlight have been upon the Manchester clubs. The arrival of two other-worldly managers and a host of world class players, have garnered much of the attention, and quite rightly so.
But there has been another revolution happening in the country- in West London to be precise. Chelsea has been a side changed in both attacking fluidity and defensive stoutness, after the arrival of Antonio Conte. The gaffer has installed his ideals at the club and the rewards are there to be seen so far. Chelsea go into the international break with 9 points from 3 games, placed second in the table.
There have also been other beneficiaries to Conte’s policy of giving chances to everyone at the club, and few seem to be grasping at those like Victor Moses.
Moses believes that his Chelsea career can achieve a belated take-off under the new manager. The Nigerian was a strong performer in the pre-season matches, and looks to have forced his way into the Italian’s plans. For the man who spent the last three seasons on loan at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham, suddenly a future beckons at Stamford Bridge.
Against Bristol Rovers, on Wednesday, he scored his first Chelsea goal in almost three years. He continued that form into the league match against Burnley on Saturday, finishing off the match with another goal (see above)- his first league goal for Chelsea since November 2012.
Although there is heavy competition for him within the team, in the form of Pedro, Hazard and Willian, the manager has placed faith in him, and he seems to have repaid it fully so far.
Victor Moses looks like a man reborn, as Conte gives him what he never got under Mourinho- a chance to prove himself.