You know what Chelsea will need in the summer? Another winger.
Victor Moses' loan will expire at the end of the season. Before this year started, there was very little chance that he'd get into the first team, hence his loan to Liverpool.
After a year at Anfield, it appears Moses would face the exact same situation should he return to Stamford Bridge. That's why Chelsea might as well let him stay at Liverpool permanently when the 2013-14 campaign is over.
Brendan Rodgers would appear to welcome the move, per Goal's Alex Young:
For Victor, it is very simple," Rodgers told reporters. "He wants to remain in a position that he will remain at a big club, whether it is Chelsea or Liverpool. There is no bigger motivation than that.
In order to do that, he needs to be performing day in day out in training. If he does really well for us there is a possibility we will want to have him permanently, but ultimately it is Chelsea’s decision because he is their player.
Since arriving at Liverpool, Moses has played OK, but nowhere near a level where he'd be a huge asset to Chelsea. Although he's still 23 years old, there's nothing that makes you think the Blues would be making a Daniel Sturridge or Nemanja Matic-sized mistake by letting him leave permanently.
Following Sturridge's move and subsequent success at Liverpool, it made sense that Chelsea would be hesitant to sell Moses outright last summer. He's shown some flashes of talent, so maybe in new surroundings and with a better shot at playing time, he could turn his potential into actual production.
Except, that hasn't happened.
According to WhoScored.com, Moses' scored one goal in 13 Premier League appearances, and his average rating is 6.46. You could say his performance has been below expectations.
Antoine Zammit, who runs the Empire of the Kop blog, wrote in Metro that LFC supporters are far from thrilled at the prospect of Moses coming back next season:
The Liverpool supporters have been very disappointed with what they have seen of Moses so far, and have taken to social networking sites to show their disapproval at the news he may be offered a permanent deal in the summer.
Brendan Rodgers says criticism of Moses, and Liverpool, over the loan is unfair and reckons the Nigerian international is improving all the time.
Maybe Chelsea should sell Moses now before Rodgers changes his mind.
If he does in fact not have a new home next year, you find yourself asking the exact same question you were in the summer: Where does Moses get in the team?
That means that Moses would have to beat out Salah, Willian, Eden Hazard and Andre Schürrle if he's to get into the first team regularly.
And if the rumours are to believed, Mourinho is eying up Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann in the summer; however, Sociedad have denied any such interest from the Blues, per The Independent's Samuel Stevens.
But the Salah and Willian rumours sounded a little crazy, until they actually happened.
Should he remain at Chelsea through the summer, Moses would be a rotation player, at best. He may make the occasional start in the League Cup or FA Cup, but rarely would he start the important matches.
Surely he wouldn't be content with that. Moses isn't so bad that he couldn't start regularly at some Premier League club.
That Premier League club just happens to not be Chelsea.
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