Sam Allardyce claims Chelsea's Pedro deal was a 'panic' buy

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Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes Pedro's signing at Chelsea was somewhat of a 'panic' buy by the defending champions after their poor start to the season.

The Stamford Bridge club made a stuttering start to season, drawing against Swansea before being emphatically beaten by Manchester City.

Chelsea reacted to their slow start by bringing in Abdul Baba Rahman from Augsburg and Pedro from Barcelona with the Spaniard slotting straight into the starting line-up for the trip to West Brom.


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Allardyce, who speaking on Sky Sports' Super Sunday, believes Mourinho thought he had what he wanted before the season kicked off, but the first two weeks of the season convinced him otherwise.

He said: "As managers we start the season thinking we have almost got what we want, then, with two or three games gone, it looks like you are not where you might be and the window is shutting.

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"Panic is the name of the game at this stage of the season. There is a massive panic around every owner's office, manager's office and agent's office. Once the window is shut, that's it."


Pedro made the perfect start to his career at Chelsea, scoring the opener and assisting Diego Costa as the Blues battled to a 3-2 win at the Hawthorns.

If he can continue to produce performances like he did in the opening 45 minutes then he will quickly become a fans favourite at Stamford Bridge.

Following John Terry's sending off, Chelsea had to work hard and were able to hold on for their first win of the season.

Despite Mourinho's claim that his side could afford to drop points today, he will be ecstatic that his side were able to get their first win on the board.

Chelsea fans, just how good was Pedro today? Can he be the difference for you this season? Have your say below!

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