Oilseh, head coach of Nigeria, said: “I spoke to Victor Moses. I told him that he played so many games for Stoke City last season. I also told him that with the many players Mourinho was buying in the summer, I was not sure [he] would get to play very much.
“Moses then told me that he would do anything to play for Nigeria and informed me that he would be speaking to his manager the next day. As we all know, Moses is now with West Ham where he is virtually guaranteed regular football week in week out.”
Despite impressing in pre-season with Chelsea, Moses was never going to be guaranteed first-team football at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Pedro, and with Mourinho being able to call upon the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian in the attacking spots.
He was being kept at the club due to his homegrown status, but Oliseh convinced him to leave Stamford Bridge so he could be playing every week in the Premier League, ensuring he would be at the top of his game if called upon by Oliseh for Nigeria.
Oliseh now believes that Moses will be almost guaranteed football at West Ham, and although he will play more than he would have at Chelsea, the chances of playing every week with the Hammers are not high.
They bought well during the transfer window, and the likes of Michail Antonio, Enner Valencia, Dimitri Payet and even Cheikhou Kouyate will be competing with Moses for the attacking roles.
First-team football is still not a guarantee for the 24-year-old, but he should be praised for making a move which ensures he will at least take to the field with some regularity.