In years gone by, Victor Moses would be fearing for his place at Chelsea right now and the midfielder turn defender as said he’s ready for competition.
Chelsea spent all summer looking to buy another right wing-back — Moses ‘s current position but only succeeded when they acquired Davide Zappacosta from Torino for £23million on deadline day.
Zappacosta is a player whom Chelsea coach Antonio Conte knows well. He picked the 25-year-old in Italy’s initial squad for Euro 2016, although the player did not make the final cut.
Conte has not brought his countryman to Stamford Bridge to simply make up the numbers.
Only Juventus star Alex Sandro, a player Conte also wanted for a similar role on the left flank, has made more accurate crosses as a defender from open play in Serie A than Zappacosta since the start of 2016.
But Moses is not fazed one bit and told Standard Sport: “I am ready for the competition. We needed more players, to be honest.
We have a lot of games to play this season. You can’t expect to play 60 games or so. I’m ready to take on anyone that is coming here. I just want to play my football.”
Zappacosta may have some kind of relationship with Conte already, but the strength of Moses’ bond with his manager will be hard to break.
The 26-year-old still feels a debt of gratitude to the man who made him a regular in the senior side.
Chelsea bought Moses from Wigan for £9m in 2012, but after a promising debut campaign as a squad player, he was loaned out to Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham in successive seasons.
Few thought Moses would be given an opportunity last term, either, but he ended up being one of the biggest surprises in Chelsea’s title-winning story.