Pedro Rodriguez will be the first to admit that he didn't have a particularly good game against a Rayo Vallecano side that were there for the taking at Camp Nou.
Despite a six-goal salvo from the Blaugrana to send them back to the summit of La Liga, Pedro was noticeably absent from the list of scorers. Not for the want of trying either.
On at least three occasions the Canary Islander got into decent goalscoring positions but fluffed his lines on every occasion.
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The problem is a lack of game time and the associated lack of confidence that engenders.
When you have a front three of Messi, Neymar and Suarez then it stands to reason that appearances from anyone else in the front line will be few and far between. Especially when all three are approaching something like their best form.
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Equally, there needs to be a certain amount of rotation from Luis Enrique or else players are going to leave.
Pedro has been a super exponent for the Blaugrana over the past six years and has scored important goals in nearly all of the major finals that Barca were involved in during the Guardiola years.
Of course, teams do evolve and players move on. That's a fact of professional footballing life. But it normally happens if a player is woefully out of form or the manager doesn't fancy him. Neither is true in Pedro's case, he is simply a victim of circumstance.
Circumstance that will likely see Pedro depart for pastures new in the summer unless the status quo changes fairly swiftly.
Given that "MSN" have scored 80 goals between them this season, even surpassing the Messi-Henry-Eto'o triumvirate, only the most fervent Rodriguez supporter will believe there is a chance of that happening.
Although rumours of a move to the Premier League have surfaced before and been scotched by the player himself, it feels different this time.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all confirmed admirers of the player and he will have seen the success that both Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez have enjoyed since swapping the sunnier climbs of Catalonia for wet and windy Tuesday nights at Stoke.
Victor Valdes too, despite remaining understudy to David de Gea, is suitably impressed with life at Manchester United.
At this juncture it seems inevitable that Pedro will be joining them over the summer, with figures anywhere between £25m-£30m quoted for his services.
That sort of money will go some way to softening the blow of losing someone of Pedro's pedigree, but the cash is irrelevant once Barca consider what they are losing.
And it's not as if they have too many options to bring into the side should injuries or suspensions kick in.
To sell or not to sell, that is the question...
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