Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he wanted to sign Victor Moses "years ago" as the Italian looks set to hand the 21-year-old his full Chelsea debut tonight.
After adding Oscar and Eden Hazard to his ranks, many were surprised Di Matteo pushed ahead with a £9m deal to sign Moses from Wigan Athletic. The Nigeria international has impressed since joining Chelsea with two excellent substitute performances, and he is expected to start in tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
If Di Matteo had had his way, Moses would have been playing under his command a lot sooner. "He's an exciting player that I tried very hard to sign, not just this year but previously as well, years ago," said the Italian, who had spells at West Bromwich Albion and MK Dons before moving to Stamford Bridge. Marko Marin, Lucas Piazon and Cesar Azpilicueta could also make their first appearances for the club.
Everton striker Nikica Jelavic has recovered from a shin injury and returns to the squad to visit Leeds United. Tony Hibbert (calf) and Darron Gibson (thigh) are still absent, although the former is expected to recover in time for the weekend.
Southampton are set to ring the changes for tonight's third-round tie with Sheffield Wednesday, and new signing Artur Boruc may be involved in the squad, depending on international clearance.