It’s quite clear that we’re short of a player or two at the moment and as we haven’t bought anyone other than Demba Ba during the January transfer window the players that are absent due to injury, suspension and international duty could not come back quick enough.
Two Chelsea stars, John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, are currently competing in the African Cup on Nations in South Africa at the moment and face a big quarter final match against their west African neighbours and tournament favourites the Ivory Coast on Sunday.
We’ve not had much opportunity to rotate in central midfield considering Mikel’s absence and the injuries to both Oriol Romeu and David Luiz, so I’m sure Rafael Benitez will be watching Sunday’s game with interest and hoping to see the Super Eagles crash out. He’d also be keen to regain the services of Moses, who saved the blushes of a nation when he scored a brace of penalties against Ethiopia and avoided going out at the group stage.
After a bright start to his Chelsea career Oscar has suffered a prolonged spell of poor form and although Moses isn’t as technically gifted as Oscar, he will work ten times harder, is more direct and is more likely to take the chances he’s presented with and this is why he had been a preferred option.
It’s unfortunate that we’re in a situation that has made me desperate enough to see an international side lose just so that we can get a couple of players back, sorry Nigeria it is nothing personal, but we need them. I guess I’d also like to see Chelsea legend Didier Drogba earn an international honour with the Elephants to cap a wonderful footballing career and he could do his old team a favour by sending Moses and Mikel home in the process.