On the back of a nightmarish season, there are few Chelsea players that can look back on 2015-16 with satisfaction. From the back four to the strike force, the Blues’ title defence fell flat on its face.
Consequently, there could be a number of stars leaving Stamford Bridge this summer. Albeit Antonio Conte’s arrival having blocked an exodus, the situation still looks touch and go as regards maintaining their current ranks.
One such player proves Pedro with rumours suggesting he is on his way back to Barcelona. However, this is a move that Chelsea should in fact back as opposed to preventing.
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After just one season in English football, it’s becoming clear that Pedro is desperate for a return to Spain. The Daily Mail has been one of a number of publications highlighting the growing likelihood of the shock U-turn.
Having failed to set the Premier League alight like many expected, Pedro seems keen on moving to Barcelona; where he had played for seven years previously.
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The proposition of working under Jose Mourinho had proven a huge pull factor for the 28-year-old and Pedro may be wary of the appointment of Conte.
In addition, the lack of Champions League football proves a big prompt to move. Given the Premier League’s vastly competitive nature too, there are no guarantees that Chelsea will immediately regain their top four status either.
This shouldn’t be a move that concerns the Blues however.
In his solitary season at Stamford Bridge, Pedro racked up an unspectacular eight goals and just two assists. Such a tally proves far from poor, but when you consider this is a man with three Champions League trophies and a World Cup in his cabinet, it’s certainly underwhelming.
The 28-year-old simply hasn’t settled in at west London and is showing little signs of doing so with his tumultuous form. Pedro is providing choice reasoning for being retained by Chelsea.
If the Blues want to return to success as soon as possible they need to cut out the dead wood. The Spaniard isn’t exactly as poor as that, yet his head is certainly on the chopping block.
Given the vastly improved form of Eden Hazard and Willian, coupled with the world-class midfielders linked to Chelsea this summer, Pedro is being given the push. It should come as little surprise. After such a mediocre campaign at age 28, he should expect little patience to be granted.
Consequently, the west London side should accept a bid before the winger’s value diminishes any further. Especially if Chelsea can smuggle their way to a profit, then selling on the flopping forward would prove a no-brainer.
When you look at last season you have to think, would Chelsea really miss him?
Belittled in the big games, bullied against the physical teams and unpredictable with his form, Chelsea should accommodate Pedro’s exit. With Barcelona coming knocking, the Blues should free up their squad and make room for a replacement in accepting defeat with an ultimately failed signing.
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