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Victor Moses to Stoke City: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Victor Moses of Nigeria controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Iran and Nigeria at Arena da Baixada on June 16, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

For the second year, in a row, Chelsea have sent Victor Moses out on loan. Stoke City confirmed the Nigerian winger's move on Saturday:

This news doesn't come as much of a surprise. John Percy of The Telegraph reported that the Potters reached an agreement with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to bring Moses in on a season-long loan. The only obstacle in the way of the deal was the player's medical.

Unlike his time at Liverpool, the winger should get a major chance to prove himself in the first team and play regularly. Last year at Anfield, Moses appeared in 19 Premier League matches; 13 of those appearances were as a substitute.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13:  Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers gives orders to Victor Moses during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty
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When he did see the pitch, Moses often failed to make an impact. WhoScored.com gave him a final rating of 6.33 for the season.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has some experience getting the most out of players who have failed to grab their place at Anfield. Oussama Assaidi went to Stoke City on loan last year and was one of their better attackers. He scored four goals in 19 EPL appearances.

This may be the spark that allows Moses to fulfil his potential. Many have been tracking his progress ever since he starred as a teenager for Crystal Palace. He showed enough promise to earn a transfer to Wigan Athletic in 2010, before making a big-money switch to Stamford Bridge two years later, but his career has stalled from there.

Moses spoke to Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard about some of his past difficulties and desire to right the ship:

I just have to forget about last season and think about this season, concentrate and keep working hard. What happened at Liverpool—that’s football for you. It was a loan move, I wanted to play football but I unfortunately didn’t get as many games as I expected. I’m enjoying my football at the moment and will just keep working hard.

Both his time at Wigan and performances with the national team illustrate that Moses is capable of being a dangerous attacker. At the right club with the right manager, perhaps he can hit a sustained run of form and become a consistent Premier League player.

Since he's been in the consciousness of many fans for so long, it's easy to forget that Moses is only 23 years old. He's not yet reached the point in his career where he's a completely lost cause.

Going to Stoke will be a much less pressurised situation than Stamford Bridge, which should give Moses the freedom to take chances on the pitch and push any bad performances to the back of his mind.

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