Some players are immune to coaching changes. For others, it gets even more extreme. Victor Moses is one such extreme example.
Benítez appreciated the ex Nigerian international well enough as he proved crucial squad depth in Chelsea’s busiest campaign ever in 2012-13, but Jose Mourinho never rated him and sent him on three different loans.
Then Antonio Conte came in, and wondered how such a great player could be sent away repeatedly, and eventually made him a centerpiece of his wing-back-based tactical revolution.
Two years later, Moses is once again struggling for play-time. No longer needed as a wing-back and not quite cutting it as a winger anymore, or a full back at all, Maurizio Sarri has left him out in the cold.
“Moses is more suitable for playing wing-back than like a winger or a full-back, I think. I don’t know [if they have a future at Chelsea]. They have to improve but their characteristics are a little bit different.”
The other player Sarri’s referring to there is Danny Drinkwater, who’s been an even bigger lost soul this season than last.
Drinkwater hasn’t played since the summer, was left off the Europa League registration list.
“I think the situation is that Drinkwater for me is not suitable for a midfield with two other midfielders. I told him two months ago what I think,” Sarri told ESPN.
Drinkwater decided back then to stay and try to change Sarri’s mind, but surely he’ll look towards at least a loan when the transfer window opens in January.
Moses, meanwhile, is surely leaving Chelsea already, either on loan or permanently. Unlike Drinkwater, who has over 3.5 years of guaranteed paychecks left at Chelsea, Moses’s contract winds down after next season.
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago