Victor Moses is banishing the form lull brought on by his borderline pointless loan spell at Liverpool last season with some fine performances for Stoke City.
The Chelsea-owned Nigerian started just six games under Brendan Rodgers in 2013/14, rendering his game-time-driven temporary switch an infuriating waste of time for Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
It was a confidence-culling period that bled into Moses’ World Cup, where he was generally a figure of much frustration for Super Eagles supporters.
Luckily the 23-year-old has been rejuvenated under the tutelage of Mark Hughes, who has granted the forward a shade under half the league minutes he accumulated last season in just six games.
The Welshman’s novel decision to start the man he has gone to the trouble of loaning has paid off big time.
Moses has started four of the last five games under the former Manchester City gaffer, rewarding him with two assists and an average of 2.3 key passes and 3.8 accurate crosses an outing.
The first of those averages puts him inside the top ten in the division, while the second adorns him temporary monarch of the crossing swingers by some distance.
Stewart Downing is closest to King Vic’s coattails in the on-point centre stakes, pinging in a mean 3.2 such deliveries.
His acquisition has rated a shrewd bit of business by the Britannia Stadium outfit, but Chelsea too have reason to be encouraged.
After all Moses is a home-grown player of the type so vital under UEFA’s new rules and hard to come by for anything less than eye-watering expenditure on these shores.
All that’s missing in the Crystal Palace academy product’s return to the upper echelons of our estimations is a goal.
Oddly enough Sunderland, the philanthropists behind the only league strike of his barren spell on Merseyside, are up next for Stoke.
Moses is 13/4 to rustle the onion bag and 15/2 to do so as part of a Potters victory.