Chelsea forward Pedro has admitted he is struggling to come to terms with the physicality of the Premier League following his summer move from Barcelona.
The 28-year-old left Camp Nou for the first time in his professional career to join Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, costing the Special One £21million in the process.
Scoring on his Premier League debut against West Brom in August, Chelsea fans could be forgiven for thinking Pedro could instantly rekindle his La Liga success in England.
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But since then the Spain international has only managed to add one more goal – against League One Walsall – to his tally and has struggled to impress.
For the first time, Pedro has admitted that coming to terms with English football has been "hard" and has told his critics he will need more time to integrate into Chelsea's way of life.
Going through changes
He said, according to Goal: "It's . It's very different to what I'm used to [at Barcelona]. But, little by little, I'm integrating more, adapting with my team-mates and the team and that's the most important thing.
"Everything is different, very different to the football I'm used to.
"I think there are a lot of differences, very physical football, very strong. A lot of players attack and it's always complicated. All the games are competitive and very balanced."
No second chances
Pedro is not the first continental star to struggle with the fast-paced nature of Premier League football, but is probably at the worst place imaginable if he is looking for time to settle in.
Since Mourinho took charge in west London in 2013, Mohamed Salah, Juan Cuadrado and Andre Schurrle have all tried and failed to impress him. Only Cuadrado – currently on loan with Juventus – remains on the books, but he is unlikely to play in the blue shirt of Chelsea again.
Mourinho does not seem to hand out second chances lightly and Pedro will be under pressure to adapt quickly or face a swift and inevitable return to La Liga.
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