Forgive me if I am sceptical of transfer stories which surround West Ham, as there have been too many misleading headlines saying ‘Henry and Beckham to Upton Park’, ‘Loic Remy at the Boleyn’ and ‘Messi turns down new Barça contract for a move to West Ham as he is a passionate fan of Big Sam’s new breed of attractive football.’ You get the picture. But when a few stories about a possible move for Wigan Athletic’s Victor Moses surfaced, I was much more interested.
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Victor Moses was born in Nigeria and was one of the many talented youth players to come through the ranks at Crystal Palace. He spent three impressive seasons at Palace and many clubs were interested in securing his signature (including West Ham). But he was signed by Wigan in January 2010 on the last day of the transfer window for £2.5m and since then has played 63 games, scoring 5 goals. Following the departure of Charles N’Zogbia to Aston Villa, Moses has become a regular starter, often playing on the left hand side and cutting in. But is he the sort of player that could keep us in the Premier League if we get promoted?
Moses has the most dribbles and runs this season with 197, averaging around 7 per game. If you look at our current West Ham squad, one thing which we seem to be lacking in significantly is pace and players who run meaningfully at defenders. We have pace upfront with Baldock, Maynard and Vaz Te however we don’t have ambitious wingers with pace and flair. Julien Faubert is not a slow player, but he often struggles to beat players consistently. Moses is a runner who thrives upon 1 vs. 1 situations and he would add something different to a fairly one dimensional Hammer’s team.
However, Victor Moses is not a goal scorer by any means. This season, Victor Moses has a 4% goal to shot ratio. Put this into perspective with Luis Suarez, who has been heavily criticised for his goal to shot ratio of 6.5%. Of course, Suarez is on a much higher wage, playing for a much better team, but a 4% goal to shot ratio is very poor. Add this to the fact that he only has 1 assist this season, doubts begin to arise over Moses’ contributions to a team. These stats begin to suggest that though he may make direct and penetrating forward runs, there is no end product, something which West Ham have been lacking this season, so whether Moses is the solution to the goal scoring problem is debatable.
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So is Victor Moses the sort of signing that will keep us up if we get promoted? That depends on what part he would play. He is a versatile winger and we most definitely lack wingers, but whether he is the solution to our most pressing problem is questionable. For me, our main problem is our lack of a creative midfielder (see ‘Are we hindered by a lack of creativity’ article) and Victor Moses does not fill that criteria. However, he is quick, young and has great technique, so maybe playing in a better side (assuming that we would be a better side than Wigan if we got promoted and I certainly hope that we would be) maybe his true potential would come out. If at the end of the season we were to secure promotion, we would need significant strengthening throughout the team, so if Moses was available for a good price, I wouldn’t be surprised or disappointed if we were to make a move for him.
What’s your opinion? Would Moses be a good signing? Are there other players you would rather have? Tweet me @TollyCoburn
March 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm
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March 18, 2012 at 11:09 am
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April 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm
We have to make it first and that looks further and further away with the fat bastard in charge.
I honestly dont think Victor Moses would be a worth while option, if QPR get relegated then Shaun Wright Phillips would be a much better option, also Snodgrass from Leeds would be another.
No point buying fast, small players if we only hoof it!
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