After failing to make a lasting impression since joining in the summer, Pedro may be just be proving Chelsea’s biggest flop since Fernando Torres.
Already three months into his Chelsea career and the Spaniard has recorded just a single goal and assist in the league; he simply cannot cope in the Premier League.
One of the main headlines of the summer transfer window focused on Chelsea’s spectacular hijacking of Pedro’s seemingly certain move to Manchester United. The Blues plucked the player from Louis van Gaal’s grasp and eventually confirmed the deal on August 20 for £19 million.
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Furthermore, his Blues career could not have started in grander fashion as he bagged the man of the match award by galvanising the club to their first league win of the season against West Brom. Not only did the 28-year-old score on his debut, but he put the ball on a plate for Diego Costa to double their lead.
However, since the day that demonstrated so such promise, Pedro’s Chelsea tenure has spiralled downwards ever since.
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The Spain international's frustrations were epitomised by the club’s defeat to Stoke City last week when his superb left-footed curling effort deflected away off the post.
Premier League football is commonly regarded as the most physically demanding of any league in Europe and those moving from the continent can often be shocked by its brutality. Pedro has proven a high-profile victim as he has been constantly bullied into submission during league games.
According to the Express, back in October, Pedro provided his insight on English football compared to La Liga: “There are a lot of differences, the football is very physical, very strong. A lot of players attack and it’s always complicated. All the games are very competitive and very balanced.”
A month on from that interview and the 28-year-old seems to still be struggling. It’s rather incredible when you consider the ex-Barcelona forward has scored in a Champions League final, won it thrice and bagged a World Cup.
Yet despite such a brimming trophy cabinet, Pedro has been one of the most prominent victims of Chelsea’s catastrophic start to the season. With such a dysfunctional team surrounding him, Pedro's form has been a far cry from his days as a first team regular at Barcelona.
It seems his move to Chelsea has swiftly transpired into a nightmare, despite ascertaining the game time he so badly craved. Pedro's transfer has proven a classic case of ‘be careful what you wish for’.
Moreover, with Chelsea’s turmoil showing no sign of ending, it appears Pedro will continue to be pushed around and bullied in the dog-eat-dog world that is the Premier League.