After signing for Chelsea from Barcelona, Pedro didn't take long to steal the hearts of Chelsea fans after they had endured a somewhat below-par and disappointing start to the new campaign. What better to lift the spirits than a new signing helping the club pick up a very important first three points of the season?
It may have been a blessing in disguise for Pedro, to be starting his first game for the Blues away at the Hawthorns and not the Etihad, nonetheless the Spaniard lit up Birmingham with his Catalonian flare, scoring the first goal within 20 minutes of putting on the Chelsea shirt.
His contribution did not end there, however: he also provided an assist for compatriot Diego Costa, who scored his first goal of the season. His performance throughout the match was tireless, working up and down the flank, putting ball after ball into the box, and working hard off the ball - a quality we know Jose Mourinho heavily admires.
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After the first couple of games of the season, in both attack and defence, Chelsea have not looked up to it. In defence, the ever solid and trusted 'old guard' has come under increasing scrutiny, and the youthful and exuberant attack, boasting the likes of PFA Footballer of the Year Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian, as well as fearsome striker Diego Costa, have looked rather dull and out of ideas. Chelsea needed additions, and they certainly made a statement of intent when signing Pedro.
Pedro is one of a very elite group of men who has won every major honour at both club level and international level, including Champions League, UEFA Super Cup medals for Barcelona, and World Cup and European Cup medals for Spain.
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The little wizard has been described by ex-Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry as 'the perfect team-mate'. In comparison to his fellow attacking midfielders at Chelsea last season, he was second in goals only to Hazard, and third in assists behind Hazard and Oscar.
And we have to take into consideration that last season he was only a bit-part player, with Barcelona's starting trio up top of Neymar, Messi and Suarez hogging the limelight.
Pedro could play a big part for Chelsea this season and in seasons to come. With age still just about on his side at 28, his signing could be another piece of magic from the master that is Mourinho.
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