Tottenham-linked Victor Moses could fulfill potential at White Hart Lane, but needs regular game time

Following reports linking Tottenham Hotspur with a move for Victor Moses, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics.

According to the Mirror, Tottenham have made an £8million move for Chelsea winger Victor Moses.

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Stoke City, following a spell at Liverpool the campaign before, but wants to return to London - where he grew up and began his professional career with Crystal Palace.

With Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino resigned to losing Andros Townsend, who has been linked with a move to Newcastle, Aston Villa or Sunderland by the Daily Star, reports suggest the Lilywhites are on the look out for a new winger ahead of the upcoming season.

In light of recent speculation, HITC Sport has analysed the statistics to evaluate whether Moses would be a worthwhile signing for the White Hart Lane outfit.

 Stats per Game TeamSeasonGoalsAssistsShotsKey PassesDribbles WonFree-Kicks WonSuccessful PassesBall RecoveriesAppearancesMins Played
Victor Moses Wigan 2011-2012 0.16 0.03 2.71 1.08 2.5 2.08 19.5 4.08 38 3,217
Victor Moses Chelsea / Wigan 2012-2013 0.04 0.04 1.17 0.92 0.88 0.83 15.33 2.58 24 1,214
Victor Moses Liverpool 2013-2014 0.05 0 0.58 0.53 0.79 0.68 13.32 2.63 19 644
Victor Moses Stoke 2014-2015 0.16 0.16 2.16 1.68 3.32 1.84 17.21 5.21 19 1,455

Still only 24 years of age, it feels like Moses has been around forever. Nonetheless, throughout the last four seasons we have seen significant improvements in his game - a notion that could sway the opinion of those Tottenham fans who remain unconvinced by his ability. 

Indeed, from his time at Wigan Athletic, to the previous campaign spent at Stoke, he has experienced improvements or consistency in five of the eight key areas assessed. Clearly his lack of game time since leaving the DW Stadium has proved little more than an inconvenience to the Nigeria international - who has seen gains in his creative output, ball recoveries and dribbles won per game.

It is clear that Moses' overall game improves when he is a regular first-team starter - a role he was rarely afforded at Chelsea and Liverpool. At both Stoke and Wigan, he was able to find the back of net just under once every five games, compared to a rate of one every 20 at Stamford Bridge and Anfield.

The statistics suggest he has refined his eye for a killer through ball over the past four seasons. He played 1.68 key passes per game last term, compared to 1.08 at Wigan, while recording 0.16 assists per game, to 0.03 at the DW. Meanwhile, he is recording a greater number of successful dribbles per appearance - 3.32 to 1.08. These stats are incomparable to his efforts at Chelsea and Liverpool.

If Pochettino is willing to take a risk on the Chelsea winger, providing him with regular game time, the Lilywhites could reap the rewards. At 24, Moses is a player who is continuing to improve, despite being hampered by a lack of first-team minutes in recent seasons. If given the chance to impress, White Hart Lane could be the place he finally unlocks his full potential.  

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