Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has said that the key turning point in Victor Moses’ Chelsea career was the departure of Colombian international Juan Cuadrado to Juventus.
Cuadrado left Chelsea for Juventus on a bizarre three-year loan deal in the summer transfer window just months after it seemed he had been thrown a lifeline at Stamford Bridge by the appointment of Antonio Conte.
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Conte is known to favour wing-backs and it was gathered that Cuadrado would be given a chance in the starting XI.
Following Cuadrado’s absence, Victor Moses, who had spent the last three seasons out on loan, was given his chance on the right flank.
And according to Mikel, that was the turning point in Victor Moses’ Chelsea career.
Speaking in an interview with Evening Standard, Mikel said: “It was a key moment when Cuadrado went back to Juventus - Victor knew that as well.
"There was a chance Cuadrado would have had the right wing-back role instead, but he wanted to leave Chelsea.
"The situation with Cuadrado made it easier for Victor, but he had already impressed in pre-season by that stage."
Mikel added: "This is the happiest I have seen Victor at the club," he added. "You can really the notice the change in him at the training ground.
"Whereas in previous years, he could be a bit quiet, now he he is making more jokes and laughing with everyone.
“He has been on loan a lot over the years and I told him to ‘be a man, stay and fight for your place’.
“But he had his own agenda and went on loan instead. I respected that. But this year you could tell he was fed up of going on loan and wanted to compete for a spot.”
Mikel concluded: “Victor is fitter and sharper than he has ever been before, but I think a key thing is playing for a manager that has belief in him at Chelsea for the first time.
“That in turn has given Victor more confidence to express himself on the pitch and look to make the difference.”
Recall that Victor Moses recently explained what he faced during his temporary stay away from Stamford Bridge. after spending three consecutive seasons on loan spells.
But under the Chelsea new manager Antonio Conte, Victor Moses has been impressive, and the forward recounted how frustrated he was while away from Stamford Bridge.
''I am not going to lie, I have been a little bit frustrated because when you spend a month plus in the hotel and not having time to relax as I will have to go back to London after the season,'' he explained
This term in the Premier League, Victor Moses has featured in 14 Premier League games for table topping Chelsea scoring three goals.