According to Goal, Victor Moses is open to leaving Chelsea in January.

The Nigerian has barely featured this season under Maurizio Sarri, despite being a key player under Antonio Conte.

A change in system has played a key role in Moses sliding down the Chelsea pecking order. Under Conte, he nailed down the position of right wing-back, a position that breathed new life into his failing Chelsea career.

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However, Sarri has converted to his tradition 4-3-3 formation, which has left Moses out in the cold.

The 27-year-old’s chances under the new boss have been limited, with the Europa League being his only consistent source of action. And at his age, that simply isn’t enough.

There will no doubt be multiple Premier League clubs keen to snap the midfielder up, and Newcastle should be one of them.

Moses would massively improve Newcastle

Newcastle’s current options out wide are Kenedy, Matt Ritchie, Jacob Murphy and Christian Atsu. It’s fair to say we’re not flush with quality.

Kenedy and Ritchie are our two best options, and both are key to the side for different reasons. As for Murphy and Atsu, both are capable of causing defenders problems, but are just so inconsistent it hurts.

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If a player like Moses were to arrive, it would immediately increase the competition for places in the Newcastle squad.

 

The Chelsea winger is much more direct than Ritchie, and will be capable of getting at his full-back and delivering crosses. It would give the Magpies a different option out on the right, as Ritchie can often struggle in games due to his lack of pace.

On top of that, Moses would give Rafa Benitez the chance to tinker with his system. If the Spaniard switched to a back five, he would have ready-made wing-backs in Kenedy and Moses.

Newcastle have tried to sign Moses in the past

If Newcastle do move for Moses, it would not be the first time they’ve tried to secure his signature.

Back in 2010, Newcastle tried to sign him, back when he was a Crystal Palace player. At the time, the Magpies were in the Championship, while Palace had recently gone into administration so needed to raise money from player sales.

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The Journal reported that Newcastle did offer £1.5million for the 19-year-old, but administrators wanted in excess of £2million for Moses.

In the end, he would join Wigan Athletic for £2.5million.

I think it’s fair to say that Moses would cost a lot more this time, but he’d be worth the investment. However, if we’re still locked in a relegation battle come January, it’ll be hard to convince him that Newcastle are the best option. But he’s certainly a player that Benitez should consider.

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