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Barcelona should consider re-signing Pedro in January

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It wasn't a surprise to anyone when Pedro Rodriguez left Barcelona in the summer.

A player of his evident quality needed much more minutes on the pitch than the Spaniard was getting at the time and the only real surprise was that he ended up at Stamford Bridge rather than Old Trafford.

Manchester United had been the front-runners for his signature but Jose Mourinho, scenting delays from United's end, nipped in and closed the deal in double-quick time.

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Pedro accepted the deal quickly too, happy that, in Mourinho, he had a manager that clearly wanted him.

Furthermore, knowing he would be lining up alongside ex-Barca team-mate Cesc Fabregas would provide some comfort whilst settling into a new environment.

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A debut goal at West Bromwich Albion, an assist in his second game against Crystal Palace and the workaholic nature of his performance immediately endeared him to the west Londoner's fan base.

Happy that a player from the best team in the world had joined them, there was a sense of optimism that the Blues could build on their stellar Premier League campaign in 2014/15.

All was rosy in Abramovich's garden.

Not expected

But there isn't anyone that could've expected what would come next for both player and club.

Over the course of the next 14 games, Pedro would score just once and find his confidence even more shattered than it had been during his final weeks at Barca.

To this point, he has completed a full 90 minutes on just six occasions in his Chelsea career and has found himself dropped already for some of the biggest games.

He isn't the only player to blame for Chelsea's current malaise, of course, but it does seem that Pedro has been Mourinho's fall guy. Last one in, first one out perhaps?

There is no suggestion that he is ready to jump ship anytime soon, but there is a school of thought which says that a move back to Catalonia isn't out of the question.

A loan move initially may suit all parties, with Barcelona picking up the wages tab.

Perfect sense

It would actually make perfect sense all round.

Although Pedro would have to revise his personal ambitions and accept that he was now a "first reserve" unless he was willing to put in a shift elsewhere in the team a la Sergi Roberto, he would at least be surrounded by players he knows and who speak his language both on and off of the football pitch.

His long goodbye came a day after he had actually signed for Chelsea and it was clear the esteem in which he was held by his Barca colleagues. Those feelings were reciprocated.

Pedro probably never wanted to leave the club in the first place if truth be told but felt backed into a corner by not being able to showcase his talent.

Fits the bill

A move away was supposed to be the saving grace of his career, but it has been anything but.

At 28 years of age, the player still has plenty to give in footballing terms and perhaps there'll be a queue of potential suitors if they are alerted to the players' availability.

But with the Catalans in the market for an experienced backup striker at a reasonable price, Pedro fits the bill in every way.

If they can find an accord that suits the player then this deal isn't as daft as it might first appear.

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