21 year old Moses really caught my eye when we played against Wigan at the end of last season, but when I heard we were looking to buy him in this off-season I was a little conflicted. Not because I didn't think he was an excellent prospect, but because I thought (and still think) that if we bought Moses (cheap) we wouldn't buy Hulk (err...not so cheap). And I wanted us to get Hulk to add to our Samba revolution.
When we played Wigan at the DW Stadium last weekend, I made a point to watch him closely whenever he got on the ball, just to see how good the lad actually was. And the pros, let me tell you, certainly outweigh the cons. Sure, he has a tendency to run with his head down. But he consistently beat the last man (both Ivanovic and Cole were left red faced whenever he ran at them with the ball), he has a fierce shot from distance, and - THIS IS THE IMPORTANT BIT - he has a natural inclination to hug the wing.
I point this bit out because all of our new creative players have a predisposition to coming inside. And a lack of width was one of our big problems last season. So having Victor Moses coming off the bench to run at tired defenders late in the game, will give us a dimension we've been sadly lacking.
Moses should, on talent and temperament, move above Sturridge in the striking / attacking midfielder, pecking order. So here's hoping Sturridge realizes this and pushes for a move before August 31st.
Brian M Logan