Where next for under-fire winger Victor Moses?

Victor Moses in Chelsea lineup

Loaned out by Chelsea and out of the main picture at Liverpool, Victor Moses faces months of uncertainty if he doesn't improve on current performances.

Victor Moses has suffered quite a fall from grace this season.

Although he netted mostly in knockout competitions last term, the Nigeria star still scored 11 times in 33 appearances for club and country.

He did what he could with the opportunities he was given at Chelsea, while his future looked bright, even if a move away from Stamford Bridge always looked inevitable.

This season, however, Moses has gone from hot prospect to serial disappointment, with just one goal in 13 Premier League appearances to his name (and no assists). It's not only the stats which disappoint but his general play and overall contribution.

The 23-year-old just hasn't got going since moving to Liverpool on loan. He started brightly enough - but it didn't last, as a succession of poor performances saw him drop down the pecking order. Now, Moses can't buy a place in the Reds' starting XI, while there is less and less room for him at Stamford Bridge.

John Aldridge's scathing criticism of the Nigerian's attitude and work-rate against Oldham in the FA Cup best sums up Moses' season, with Chelsea also said to be unhappy with his lack of progress at Anfield.

So where next for the 23-year-old?

At best, Moses has three viable options. His first (no doubt what he is probably trying to achieve) is to try his utmost to improve his current form, opening up the opportunity of staying with Liverpool beyond the current campaign.

Young winger Raheem Sterling could be a good example to follow, despite being four years Moses' junior. Indeed, Sterling suffered a torrid start to the season, failing to register a goal or assist in the league for quite some time, while generally being outmuscled or outran in his attempts to create chances for Liverpool.

Now, though, Sterling is one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers' teamsheet, with there being no chance at all of the 19-year-old leaving Anfield on loan, as previously thought. If Moses could emulate Sterling's upturn in form, there is still enough time to have a real impact on Liverpool's season.

A second option, which could exist in tandem with the first, is to prove himself to Chelsea and continue his career at Stamford Bridge. That looks an impossible order at present but the Blues are still Moses' parent club, with Jose Mourinho always open to sticking with those that impress him in training.

The alternative, however, is to stay with neither.

Moses' failure to make a significant mark on the Chelsea team last season, combined with his poor form this season, might suggest he isn't quite ready for the top level - or that he may, in fact, never be. But that does not mean the 23-year-old is incapable of producing strong performances for other sides in Europe or the Premier League.

After all, the Nigerian's form with Wigan was what earned him a move to Stamford Bridge and there will always be plenty of sides that could benefit from his ability.

But with the chance to prove his worth at both Chelsea and Liverpool, Moses may feel that third option would present a real missed opportunity in his career.

image: © Tomofumi Kitano

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