After his scintillating Premier League debut back in August at the Hawthorns, Pedro has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, leading to him not even being involved in the match day squad against Watford on Wednesday.
The Spaniard moved to the West-Londoners for a fee of £21 million. At the time no one could believe how a man who has won everything there is to win in the game, could go at such a bargain. And he proved just that in his debut against West Brom in which he set up and scored to ensure 10-man Chelsea won their first game of the season 3-2.
That was the Catalan’s only Premier League goal under Jose Mourinho, and it would take him 4 months to score again in a 3-1 win over lowly Sunderland in the first game of Hiddink’s second reign as interim boss. After scoring 99 goals for Barcelona there was always going to be high hopes for Pedro in a blue shirt, with plenty of persuading done by former Barcelona and Spanish team mate Cesc Fabregas. “I knew I would feel at home here,” Pedro said. “That was one of the main reasons why I decided to join.”
So how has the winger dropped down the ranks to not even be on the bench for the game at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night? Pedro has scored just three goals in twenty five games for the Blues while also getting two assists. Now looking at these stats you could say he hasn’t been at his best, and who could blame him after the fiasco Chelsea found themselves in the final few months of Jose Mourinho’s management.
But looking at other statistics tells us just how busy he has been defensively, with him averaging 1.6 tackles per game in the Premier League, compared to that of just 0.5 tackles per game in La Liga. Pedro works for the team and has bags of ability going forward. But with a Chelsea team who have been defending more then attacking this season as well as not playing the high tempo passing game he has been used to at Barcelona, it has been difficult for Pedro to get a run of games in which he can show off his attacking talent.
In October the 28 year-old said “It’s hard, everything is very different to the football I’m used to. I think there are a lot of differences, very physical football, very strong. All the games are competitive and very balanced.”
The team have been struggling as whole and it has been difficult for Pedro to settle, Blues fans will hope the World Cup winner can improve and show more of his talent. Or he could be going the same way as former wingers, Juan Cuadrado, Mo Salah and Andre Schurrle.