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Moses must fight for place at Chelsea – Finidi

With just 26 minutes played in the premier league this season, Victor Moses is reportedly frustrated for the lack of opportunities at Chelsea and may seek to leave Stamford Bridge in January but Super Eagles legend, George Finidi has advised he follows the Samuel Eto’o example and fight for his place.

The 28-year-old was immensely valued under former Blues manager Antonio Conte where he emerged as one of the best wing-backs in the world, helping the Italian win the 2016/17 premier league title and linked with a switch to Barcelona.

However, his fortunes has changed under new manager, Maurizio Sarri who sees the Nigerian as surplus to requirement with a potential sale in January an option but in an exclusive chat with the Nation/SportingLife, Finidi has urged the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner to stay and fight for his place.

Asked about Moses’ situation at Chelsea, Finidi replied: “Its unfortunate but sometimes coaches decide what they want from each player. Some coaches may not like your style but if he shined under Conte, he should be able to do well under Sarri regardless of the formation.

Moses has not been given time to perform, that’s the truth. Maybe the manager wasn’t impressed with what he saw during preseason but he must be ready to fight for his place.

Eto’o had the same problems under Pep Guardiola during their time at Barcelona as the Spaniard suggested he didn’t like the Cameroonian but with time Eto’o took his opportunity and became a regular and won a lot, including the champions league. Before going to Inter Milan and won another treble under Jose Mourinho.


Of cause, Moses will be disappointed not playing but attitude is important. I will advice him to stay and fight for his place and remember nothing stays same forever. Conte won the league and was sacked. Sarri may leave tomorrow if he doesn’t perform because football is result based.

Moses should not be frustrated and keep pushing for his chance and most importantly, he should keep himself fit and grab his opportunity when it arrives. And if at the end of the season it remains the same then he can leave but not in January.”

Moses retired from the national team after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where Nigeria failed to make past the group phase.



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