With Chelsea 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League all is well at Stamford Bridge and with the title already all but secure the clubs hierarchy have decided it’s time to reward the players that have got them into this runaway position.
The West London Club have perhaps been accused of letting home grown players go to rot as their development is halted by the cabal of superstars that seem to join the club on an annual basis but thankfully that no longer seems to be case.
That’s because I can officially announce that ‘Young English Player’ Victor Moses has signed a new contract with the Champions elect. The Nigerian international but still very much a “Young English Player” has committed his future to Chelsea until 2021.
Forget the fact that Moses has represented Nigeria’s Super Eagles on 27 occasions and scored 9 times in the process, he is as English as the come especially when being endorsed by Sky Sports very own Jamie Redknapp.
Since Redknapp’s comments back in October which denounced Moses Nigerian nationality it’s almost as if the ex-Liverpool, Stoke, West Ham and England loanee has gone from strength to strength and is now very much reaping the benefits.
The fact that he has not only resurrected his career after a string of impressive performances for The Blues this season but also resurrected his hopes of an England call up later this month can only be testament to how far he has come in the past 6 months or so.
Now Moses is a bright English young talent may come as a surprise to current Nigeria boss Daniel Amokachi (he played for Everton in the 1990’s, scored two goals in the 1995 F.A. Cup Semi Final against Tottenham. Probably the only thing he ever did of note on Merseyside. But I’m not bitter at the fact Spurs lost another Cup Semi Final…nope not all.) but then again you simply cannot stop progress can you, progress that can easily be greased along by uncle Roman’s money.
Reports that Abramovich gave the green light for Antonio Conte to buy the Nigerian national team in the hope of finding the next batch of “Young English Talent” are yet to be confirmed but I would expect the Russian owner not to be deterred with a sizeable bid to the Nigerian Interior Ministry coming this Summer.
Chelsea do have a tendency of hoarding as many young talents as possible and then farming them out to outposts across Europe. A tactic that has stifled the likes of Josh McEachran, Patrick Bamford and just about anyone else who has had the misfortune of being sent to Vitesse Arnhem over the past few years .
But it turns out they’ve had an English diamond in the rough among their ranks all the while, it just needed Jamie Redknapp to the highlight the fact, something that Antonio Conte is no doubt grateful for. Now if only he can get Redknapp to tell everyone that Diego Costa is a great guy who does loads of work for Charity and is simply misunderstood it would make life a lot easier at Stamford Bridge.