Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will use Victor Moses as a winger this season.
The Nigeria international was spent the past two campaigns operating as a right wing-back.
Moses was one player to benefit immensely when Antonio Conte rolled out the new 3-4-3 system in 2016.
The system played to Moses’ attacking strengths, since he used to play as a winger.
Moses was commended for his excellent stamina and speed, which often allowed him to get the better of opposition wingers and cause harm in the final third.
This term, he has started on the bench with Sarri reverting back to a more traditional four-at-the-back system.
It looks as though he has lost his place to Cesar Azpilicueta, but Sarri has revealed his plans for Moses this term.
Moses to operate as a winger again
When asked in his pre-Bournemouth press conference why Moses isn’t playing, Sarri said as quoted by the Metro: “Because he changed the position in the pitch. Now we are trying to let him play like a winger.
“So we changed the position and in the new position I think he needs to improve.”
Chelsea have strong options in the wide areas such as Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian, so Moses may have to bide his time before he starts starting games again.
Can he break back in?
It will certainly be difficult for Moses to become a regular starter again.
The four-at-the-back shift has seen Azpilicueta move back to right back, and the Spaniard is probably one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Davide Zappacosta is a right back and is probably now ahead of Moses in the pecking order.
If he’s going to be used as a winger then he’ll have to replace some top quality players.
Perhaps he’ll be banking on injuries and fatigue as a means for him to play this season.
But play he will, with Chelsea competing in the gruelling Europa League in 2018/19.