There’s no disputing that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side are far from the finished article.
The Blues are just three points off the top of the table, admittedly, but inconsistent results have suggested they may have to wait one more year before going all the way again.
Yet, for all the negatives and players who look largely the same as last season – Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, we’re looking at you – Victor Moses is cause for optimism.
The midfielder has made huge progress under Antonio Conte, scoring the third goal in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Leicester City.
Moses has had a hit-and-miss career at Stamford Bridge, playing under countless managers.
Under Conte, though, he seems to have found a new lease of life, displaying form which didn’t seem possible at times under Jose Mourinho.
That may well be because, as the player has himself told ESPN, there is one big difference between Conte and Mourinho.
“He (Mourinho) never spoke to me,” Moses said.
“I thought in my head, ‘He’s got his own players already.’
“I think we chatted a couple of times on the phone — he asked if I was alright at Liverpool [where Moses spent the 2013-14 season on loan], but that was it.”
It’s a very different story when it comes to his interpretation of Conte, with Moses adding:
“The manager who is here now is giving everyone a chance — even the young lads.
“I’m pleased that he’s here and I’ve just got to go out there and enjoy my football. As long as you work hard, the manager will see it and he’ll give you an opportunity.”
There will be no love lost between Moses and Mourinho then, when the latter returns as Manchester United manager on Sunday – and there will be quite a few players, it seems, who have a point to prove.