Barcelona may have deemed Pedro surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, but they will soon realise what an important and integral player the World Cup winner was.
As Chelsea swooped in last 24 hours to steal Pedro under the noses of Manchester United, the reaction of both fans on social media have shown what a player they have signed or missed out on.
Pedro had often played third or even fourth fiddle so some illustrious names in Barcelona’s history, including: David Villa, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Alexis Sanchez and of course Lionel Messi.
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Too often the Spanish international would be left on the bench or only get selected if one of his team-mates were injured
Pedro has become Barcelona’s insurance policy and super-sub, as demonstrated when he scored the winner against Sevilla in the European Super Cup.
Following the signing of Luis Suarez last summer, it appeared that Pedro was done with being seen as a substitute any longer. The club reduced his buyout clause from €150m, to €30m, and If a buyer could be found, then Barcelona would happily do business.
Throughout his time at the Nou Camp, Pedro has always been seen as a humble player with a good attitude. He was often criticised for being too selfless at times, simply making space for Messi was not seen as good enough for many. Now at Chelsea he can become an integral part of their team.
Pedro has blistering pace, which will be perfect under the counter-attacking style Chelsea like to play under Mourinho. The winger is more of a goal provider, than goal getter, but his strike rate of a goal every three games is certainly not poor by any standard.
It may take some time for Pedro to adapt to the Premier League, but if he can gain an understanding with his team-mates such as Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, then this could be the signing that catapults the Blues up the league following their poor start.
With Barcelona’s transfer ban in place until January, the Catalan club cannot simply go and buy a replacement. Luis Enrique will certainly feel he has lost a big part of his squad, he can no longer feel safe that if one of his big name attackers is injured or needs a rest, then he can simply use Pedro as an adequate replacement.
Enrique can call upon the famous Barcelona academy graduates, namely Sandro and Munir El-Haddadi, but they certainly do not have the experience or the talent that Pedro had displayed during his roller-coaster career at the Nou Camp.