Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he tried to sign Victor Moses "years ago" and expects the forward to have a "big influence" for Chelsea this season.
Chelsea have added quality in attacking midfield this summer with Oscar and Eden Hazard arriving in big-money deals.
But boss Di Matteo seems just as excited about the £9million signing from Wigan as he prepares to hand the 21-year-old his full debut for the Blues in Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash against Wolves.
Moses has impressed in cameo roles from the bench and Di Matteo, who has previously coached at MK Dons and West Brom, admits he has long been an admirer of the powerful youngster.
"He's young and he'll still improve and develop but he's an exciting player that I tried very hard to sign, not just this year but previously as well, years ago," said Di Matteo.
"He's a player I like very much and he will have a big influence in our season.
"He's strong at holding the ball, his dribbling ability is very good, he can go past defenders, which not many can, and he's got the pace as well.
"He's very good at making runs in behind, he's a very good player. It's good that nobody else noticed."
Di Matteo is expected to rest a number of the players who were involved in the 1-0 win over Stoke on Saturday, especially as his team face Arsenal next weekend.
Marko Marin, Lucas Piazon and Cesar Azpilicueta are all in line to make their first appearances for the club while Moses could be used as a target-man in place of Fernando Torres.
"I'm sure there'll be one or two that haven't had much time on the pitch who'll be playing on Tuesday," added Di Matteo.
"We'll mix it up. There are a few players who have played one or two games before that deserve a chance and there will be some senior players too."