Friday, 27 April 2012

One for the Future Series – Part IV: Victor Moses (Wigan)

One for the Future Series – Victor Moses

Like Scott Parker last season, some people may find it strange, if somewhat undeserving, to be praising a player at the bottom end of the table. Parker, of course, was relegated with West Ham and the end of the 2010/11 season; however, he also scooped the FWA Footballer of the Year Award. He was awarded for his dedication to the cause in the face of adversity, and so, here is another award for a player who is giving everything as he stares relegation in the face.

Moses is worthy of being one to watch for the future, as at the tender age of 21, he is evidently capable of holding his own in the top division. Despite their current league position, Martinez has got Wigan playing a free-flowing, exciting, passing game. This style of play has been successful in recent weeks due to Moses providing the perfect link between defence and attack.

The young Nigerian can operate as either a left sided, right sided or lone striker. His ability to switch so effortlessly between positions ensures that he is difficult for opposition defenders to mark; freeing up space for his team mates. Following the departure of Charles N’Zogbia to Aston Villa in the summer, Moses has become the focal point for Wigan’s attacking play. He has taken up the mantel as the creative player that sparks something special. This is reflected in his four goals and six assists this season. Although this may not be a spectacular return when compared to other players of a similar ilk, it is still a fair return for a team placed 17th in the table. Had only some of his team mates chipped in with similar statistics, Wigan may have already secured Premier League status for next season.

Despite representing England at every junior age level, Moses opted to play for Nigeria on the international scene. This could prove to be a great loss to England, as he is a natural attacking wide player; a position which has yet to be secured by any of the current squad. It is clear to see from his style that Moses is very comfortable on the ball. He continually makes jinking and darting runs down the flanks, and his rapid pace is a match for any athletic full back.

The only draw-back to his current game is that Moses can be greedy in possession. Like a young Joe Cole used to, Moses sometimes shoots when he should pass, and tries the difficult pass when he should shoot. This is not such a bad weakness to have, though, as it is a sign of confidence, and in time, can be nurtured into a fine strength. Therefore, Moses is definitely one for the future, and do not be surprised of some of the big boys come knocking on Wigan’s door this summer

Written by Sam Balls

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