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Pedro is Chelsea's man to the rescue following poor start to title defence

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Already eight points adrift from Manchester City, and with big-name players such as John Terry, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard all struggling, Chelsea have a big hole to dig themselves out of. 

Four points from four games represents an incredibly poor return for a mid-table side, let alone title defenders, and whilst many of last seasons champions have been to blame for their slow start, new arrival Pedro has taken to London life aptly.

Previous acquisitions such as Andre Schurrle, Mohamed Salah and Juan Cuadrado have come and gone from Stamford Bridge having offered very little to justify their price tags, but Pedro, a £21 million purchase, is the wide option that the enigmatic Jose Mourinho has long been yearning for. 

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The Spaniard is already proving his worth to the Blues. Whilst he primarily operates from the right-hand side, the 27-year-old is rarely one to hug the touchline throughout the duration of a game - versatility that Chelsea thrive upon.

In his first two games for the club, Pedro has already accrued a goal and an assist and leads the way in terms of shots per game (3.5) and key passes per game (4). Furthermore, Pedro is yet to be dispossessed in a Chelsea shirt, which is quite a feat for a winger.

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The addition of Pedro provides Mourinho with balance and versatility in his attacking ranks - the type which has been lacking in his second spell at the the helm. Operating on the left flank will be the tricky Eden Hazard; through the middle will likely be the tireless Willian or Oscar; and on the right will now be Pedro, to complete a fearsome trio of attacking midfielders, spearheaded by Diego Costa

The former Barcelona star, whilst similar in some ways, is ultimately very different to Hazard but can be equally as effective. His passing ability - 80% accuracy in each of the last seven seasons - coupled with close dribbling and an eye for goal makes Pedro a defender's nightmare. 

Manchester United's loss is certainly appears to be Chelsea's gain, especially with the Red Devils faltering in the early stages of the season, and will represent another missed opportunity for Louis van Gaal should Pedro live up to his vast potential.

The winger arrives at Chelsea with a winning mentality already ingrained into the DNA of Mourinho's side having won 20 major titles with his former employers and, upon first sights, falls into the category of a stereotypical Mourinho signing - hard-working, technically gifted and most importantly, a born winner. 

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