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In Profile: Victor Moses

STILL only 23-years old, Victor Moses arrives at the Britannia Stadium eager to recapture the form that prompted Chelsea to fork out nearly £10 million for his services two-years ago.

Such was the desire of the Blues to attract the Nigerian international to Stamford Bridge, it wasn't until their fifth bid that Wigan Athletic reluctantly allowed the Nigerian international to make the switch to Stamford Bridge.

His time in the capital however hasn't proved to be as fruitful as was previously hoped, and he arrives here in the Potteries desperate to resurrect his top-flight career.

A player of undoubted talent, Victor boasts electrifying pace and at times dazzling skills - just two of the traits to impress Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers sufficiently for him to conclude a one-year loan last summer.

His spell at Anfield couldn't have gotten off to a better start as he netted on his debut against Swansea City - ironically the same opposition he opened his league account for Chelsea against back in November 2012.

Disappointingly for him that proved to be his only league goal of the campaign, with his other strike coming in an FA Cup triumph over Bournemouth in January this year.

That said, he did still feature in top-flight action on 19 occasions on Merseyside, helping the Reds to a superb second place finish in the top-flight - running Manchester City agonisingly close in a dramatic climax to the 2013/14 campaign.

His playing career kicked-off at Crystal Palace seven years ago when he appeared in the first team squad for the first time against Cardiff City at Ninian Park.

Having netted a remarkable tally of goals at youth level, including over 50 in the Under 14 league, expectations were high for the pacy forward, and he certainly lived up to the hype, netting three goals in the league and assisting numerous others in a superb maiden professional campaign.

His performances as a teenager culminated in the club's hierarchy handing the Nigerian-born star a four-year deal at the end of the campaign, yet just over 18 months later his ambitions of playing in the Premier League were realised as Wigan agreed a package with the debt-ridden Eagles.

Five goals in his first eight games in the Championship at the start of the 2009/10 season prompted Latics boss Roberto Martinez to take the talented youngster to the North West, where he proved an instant success at the DW Stadium.

He forced his way into the first team fold and formed an impressive partnership with Hugo Rodallega. Victor netted his first goal for Wigan against Hull City - the same side he could make his Potters bow against next weekend.

A succession of injuries hampered the Nigerian's 2010/11 season, but he put that disappointment behind him the year later and produced without doubt the most impressive season of his career to date.

His consistently impressive performances in the top-flight caught the attention of a number of Premier League sides, including Chelsea and Arsenal, but it was the Blues who finally prevailed victorious in their pursuit of him in August 2012 when a fee was finally agreed with Wigan.

Whilst his time at Stamford Bridge hasn't quite lived up to expectations, he did manage a hugely respectable tally of ten goals in his one and only season there - five of which came in the Europa League. A trophy the Londoners claimed courtesy of a 2-1 triumph over Benfica in May last year.

More recently Victor featured at the World Cup Finals in Brazil where he appeared alongside new teammate Peter Odemwingie in the Nigeria squad, as they reached the last 16 stage before bowing out to France.

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