Will Victor Moses have a striking role to play for Chelsea this season?

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Rafa Benitez has hinted the Nigeria international might play in a more advanced position for Chelsea at some point, with the Blues still light in that department despite the arrival of Demba Ba in January.

Victor Moses' scintillating form for Nigeria cannot have gone unnoticed by Chelsea over the past few weeks, and with he and John Obi Mikel returning to the club as African Cup of Nations Champions, they could provide a boost to what is danger of becoming a disastrous season for Chelsea.

Mikel will likely slot back into the midfield readily enough, but fitting in Moses is a tricky task for Benitez, with Chelsea having a plethora of excellent attacking players. Moses will no doubt get his fair share of time in their attacking midfield, but Benitez has again raised the possibility that the Nigerian will take on a more advanced role at times.

Fernando Torres has continued to struggle in recent weeks, and Demba Ba is not eligible to play in the Europa League giving that tournament as one possibility for Moses to play upfront at some point. Whether he can take on the role in the Premier League is a different question, but it is an option that Benitez seems prepared to consider.

Moses has played as a striker previously in his career, and there were reports that Chelsea laid on special training session in that position for him in December last year as they desperately tried to add depth to their Torres-reliant attack. With Ba now in the squad the need is not so great, but having the extra depth in that position would be no bad thing, and Moses has shown already this season that he is able to notch important goals for club and country.

With his power and ability on the ball, Moses adds something a little different to Chelsea technically brilliant but occasionally lightweight attack. This power could be used either in their attacking midfield or perhaps as a striker, but given his excellent form for Nigeria in the past few weeks, Chelsea should be finding a way to get Moses on the pitch as much as possible.

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