Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Wigan Coach Hails Moses' Rising Profile

Wigan Athletic coach,Roberto Martinez said that by allowing Victor Moses play for Nigeria, the Three Lions of England missed a player that would have added bite to their team.

Moses' profile has kept on rising after his £9 million from Wigan to Chelsea and Martinez who had never lost faith in the youngster stated that Moses had something extra as a player and England would have benefited. Moses represented England in the junior cadre, and despite representations made by Martinez to former England coach Fabio Capello, Moses was ignored and he pledged his allegiance to Nigeria.

"Victor is quite a unique player. When you work with him you realise he is not a normal footballer and not a typical modern winger," Martinez told the Daily Mail.

"He is an old-fashioned type of winger, with incredible raw talent that allows him to go past people. He brings real penetration to the wide positions

"Teams are so well set up tactically these days that you need players who can bring something different, and they don't appear that often.

'Victor is that type, though. Even if you look at the great footballing cultures, like Spain and Holland, you see that players of this type are very rare. Victor could have been a real weapon for any team in world football.

"Football is a matter of opinions, so there is no right or wrong over whether he should have been tied to England. But it is difficult to find players like him, not just in England, and I am sure he could have adapted anywhere."

"If he continues to have the same impact at Chelsea, he will get plenty of chances to show his talent. He is ready to compete at that level and show what he is about.

"It is no surprise to see him playing at the highest level, and you have to remember he is still a very young man in football terms.

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