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Moses – Taking English Football To The Promised Land

Described as one of the hottest young talents in the game, Victor Moses has attracted the attention of Football followers across the world, with big named clubs lining up for his signature in the january transfer window, but the question is – will he live up to expectations?

The 19 year-old burst onto the scene in 2007, when he was snapped up as a trainee by Crystal Palace, after impressing in both the England U16 and U17 squads. He then went on to represent England at U19 level, where he notched up two goals at the European championships. His spell at Crystal palace spanned six years, in which he found the net 11 times in 58 games at professional level.

Moses - Parting the defence

Moses can play in a variety of positions, but in the first team games he has played in so far, he has played as a left winger, as opposed to an attacking role in which he became renowned for at Crystal Palace. Although his goalscoring record is not quite prolific, his skilful style and attacking presence make him a heavily influential player for both club and country.

His international career has recently been under close scrutiny however, as speculation grew that he would return to play for his native country Nigeria, after being snubbed by England under 21 manager Stuart Pearce. He was handed his first England under 21 call up for the game against Greece earlier this month, but the highly rated forward did not make the matchday, triggering rumours of a rift between himself and Stuart Pearce.  Moses has refused to comment on the situation, despite asking Nigerian Football representatives to come and watch him play for Wigan before they make their decision on who will make the World Cup squad for the summer.

Moses became hot property during the January transfer window, after being named Championship player of the month for December. Several clubs including – Real Madrid, West Brom, Barcelona and Bolton all attempted to secure his signature from cash-stricken Crystal palace. But the unlikely decision to opt for a move to Wigan for £3.5M came from Moses himself, much to the delight of Roberto Martinez and the Wigan fans. Although he has been deprived of starts at his new club, manager Martinez says he is a long term investment and will play a key role in the club’s future. 

 There is no doubt that Moses is a massive prospect for the English game, but first team Football is a must in the Premier League if he is to fulfil his potential and make an impact on the international scene, whichever side he chooses.  

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