Victor Moses Is Fernabahce’s New Cult Hereo

Victor Moses has gone out on loan to Fenerbahce after being frozen out by Sarri during the first half of season

The Nigerian international was actually a regular in the side under Antonio Conte for two full campaigns, but is one to have suffered from a change in head coach and a different formation.

Maurizio Sarri’s to switch from his compatriot’s 3-5-2/3-4-3 system to his preferred 4-3-3 resulted in Moses being frozen out during the first half of the season as he’s not a natural right-back and was well down in the pecking order to start on the flanks.

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His only start under the Blues head coach came in the 2-1 Carabao Cup third round win over Liverpool at Anfield back in September, and made a total of four substitute appearances across the Premier League and Europa League.

Named on the bench against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last month, what turned out to be Moses’ farewell was overshadowed by Cesc Fabregas’ final appearance in English football.

A week before the January transfer window closed, the winger sealed a move to Fenerbahce in an 18-month loan deal.

His arrival at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium has coincided with the club winning back-to-back games to ease their relegation fears and after opening his account for Fener last time out, Moses’ impact has been praised by European football expert Andy Brassell.

“The interesting thing is that he’s become a cult hero straight away because he’s the sort of player that Fenerbahce fans love,” Brassell told the ‘ On the Continent ‘ podcast.

“He dares to do stuff and in a climate that’s been wracked with fear really because the stakes are so high, if you go down it’s an absolute disaster – you can’t really use the word ‘disaster’ in sport – but they would definitely used that there.

Victor Moses in action during the UEFA Europa League this season (Image: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

“He’s someone who comes into that context without being affected by it. He comes on as a sub against Goztepe and wants to try tricks, he wants to dribble around players.

“Obviously it’s so much easier to spread your wings a) under that climate and b) when Cameron Jerome has been sent off for the visitors.”

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