Thibaus Courtois has hailed the impact Pedro has had on Chelsea since arriving from Barcelona, and insists the Spaniard gives the team’s other forwards more freedom.
Pedro joined Chelsea after a move to Manchester United fell through for numerous reasons. He made his debut against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday where he scored one goal and set up another as the Champions earned their first win of the season.
His speed and skill were clear to see, and Belgian Courtois thinks it is his countryman and last season’s Player of the Year Eden Hazard who will benefit most from Pedro’s presence in the team, citing the greater creative freedom Hazard will get with defenders having to focus on his new team mate.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Courtois said this:
“Now we have Pedro, the defenders can’t just stay with Eden because they will know the other side is free for him to exploit, as well as for players like Willian and our top strikers, too.
“So Pedro’s arrival is good for us because defenders will now have to think more about where and who they are going to press. That should mean there will always be a man free on the other side.”