His talent isn't in doubt, but has Wigan's mercurial winger got what it takes to make the step up to Liverpool? A Wigan fan looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the ex-Palace tyro...
What sort of player is Victor Moses? A basketball player: he weaves, he dribbles, he swerves, he feints and he glides past defenders. Can he score goals? Well, the jury is out a little there. During his Palace days, he managed to produce a collection of stunning efforts for one so young and precocious but his goal tally seems to have dried up a touch.
That may have a little to do with who he is playing for and how they are utilising him. In his first season at Wigan Athletic Victor was used sparingly from the bench and also suffered a dislocated shoulder away at The Emirates in the League Cup which kept him out for three months. Towards the back end of the season he was touted as a replacement for the outgoing Charles N’Zogbia and he certainly lives up to the bill in many respects but we are badly missing the 12 goals a season Charlie contributed (and is now banging in for Villa arf!)
The scary thing is he is only 21 and has plenty opportunity to develop more with good coaching.
Although he’s now bagged two for the season, there was an unfortunate stat doing the rounds prior that it took him 44 attempts on goal to register his first goal. A lot of these have been bizarre attempts where we has dribbled all the way down the touchline beat three players, dribbled into the box, beat a couple more, got to the byline and then try and score from an impossible angle, weakly putting the ball into the keepers’ arms but he does have that raw explosive power to do it, he sometimes just does a little too much on the ball.
Moses has been a regular in Martinez’s squad in the current season and used as a wrong footed winger cutting in, Palace fans have expressed a view that his best position is as the attacking midfielder/second forward but Martinez prefers the languid passing of Gomez in there. The lad has certainly got the tricks – but has he found the consistency yet? I don’t think so and maybe like N’Zogbia and Valencia before him he needs a good three years to really develop his potential at Wigan Athletic after which he would be a ready made buy for a top side.
We don’t expect him to stay at Wigan Athletic forever as he has the potential to be a great (English or Nigerian) star although there are confusing messages emanating from his agent day by day (the usual “he loves it here”/”Contract talks have stalled”) We ask as usual a fair price and extending his contract will certainly see us benefit in that respect. It’s hard to know whether he can cut it – will him getting more of the ball see more end product, or does he get plenty of the ball and choose to waste it? You could argue a bit of both but the scary thing is he is only 21 and has plenty opportunity to develop more with good coaching.
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