Ex-Chelsea Star Nevin: Moses, Solanke Could Replace Costa Vs Bournemouth

Ex-Chelsea Star Nevin: Moses, Solanke Could Replace Costa Vs Bournemouth




By James Agberebi:

Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin has hinted that Super Eagles star Victor Moses could be drafted into a centre forward role in the absence of Diego Costa.

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Costa and midfielder N'Golo Kante picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season in Chelsea's 1-0 win away to Crystal Palace and got suspended for the Premier League Boxing Day home game against Bournemouth.

Moses has excelled as a right wing-back for the league leaders since they switched to 3-4-3.


Nevin, a fan favourite during his playing days with Chelsea (1983-1988), wrote in his Tuesday column published on Chelsea's official website that Conte could also bring in other capable replacements.

"The manager would have worked hard on the training ground long before the suspension knowing it was always likely to happen eventually, and he would also be covering for unexpected injuries to our topscorer," Nevin wrote.

"There will certainly be a plan B and maybe a C, D, E and F. There is of course young Dominic Solanke as a similar-styled player to put in there but remember the likes of Pedro and Eden Hazard are capable of playing through the middle and terrorising big defenders.

"Both have done it before and both would absolutely relish the opportunity. Most of us wide men spend most of our careers totally frustrated at being stuck out on the wing away from the centre of the action. That is why we/they all want to be number 10s.

"Maybe Conte will have found out that Victor Moses has the ability to do that central role as well.

"It would not surprise me in the slightest and obviously Cesar Azpilicueta could play as a centre-forward because he clearly can play absolutely anywhere with no discernible impact on the quality of his output!"

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