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Pedro struggling to adapt to life at Chelsea

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Up until Pedro's debut, there were question marks surrounding the stuttering start Chelsea had made in the defence of their Premier League crown. A draw at home to Swansea and a defeat to Manchester City had spelt danger for Jose Mourinho's men, but after Pedro's impressive start in England, everything seemed to be looking up.

Except, as we know, it hasn't quite worked out that way.

Mourinho struggling to fit Pedro in the team

Chelsea had Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard - all fantastic attacking players - but all unwilling to make that run in behind the defence. That's what Pedro was bought for. His intelligent running and pace seemed to be the missing piece of the puzzle for Chelsea; on paper he would appear like a guaranteed starter.

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For that reason, it's surprising that a) Pedro hasn't been in the starting XI as much as he'd have liked and b) when he does start, he rarely impacts the game. His performances haven't been helped by Chelsea's disastrous form; since Pedro's debut away at West Brom, Chelsea have played 11 league games and won just three of them. It's a far cry from the dominance Pedro is missing at Barcelona

Struggling with the Premier League's physicality

Much like many foreign players who are new to the Premier League, Pedro has found the physicality of some teams somewhat of an eye-opener. Instead of playing one-twos with Lionel Messi at home to Celta Vigo, Pedro is finding out the hard way, why Stoke at the Brittania Stadium is such an ominous prospect.

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The surprising thing is the way Pedro adapted to Barcelona's style after his move from Tenerife - this would have suggested that he'd embrace the change. He moved to Catalonia when he was just 17, waiting five years for his chance in the first team. At the age of 28, Chelsea would have been hoping that Pedro would have adapted a bit quicker to his new surroundings.

Patience with Pedro

What Pedro's relatively late arrival at Barcelona will tell Chelsea, is that they should have patience with him. Obviously, patience isn't a commodity generally associated with modern day football, but it's rare for a foreign player to arrive to England and hit the ground running.

Some will point to Fernando Torres or Alexis Sanchez and say that top players should be able to perform immediately. But there is a balance to these things; for every Torres there is a Thierry Henry - after all he turned out to be a decent player. It's unlikely that Pedro will be as successful as Henry, but he should at least be given the chance.

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