Pedro is arguably the most underrated player in Europe

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Pedro's career at Barcelona has been to a degree a tragic tale. Despite his efforts and huge contribution to the team - particularly in 2011 - he has failed to be recognised by many for the truly world-class player he is.

2011 was possibly his finest year, in 53 appearances in all competitions he scored 22 goals and recorded 10 assist, one of his strikes was the opening goal in the Champions League final - another came against Real Madrid in the semi-final of the same tournament.

However first team opportunities have deserted the Spanish international in recent seasons, Alexis Sanchez was the first to dethrone him and the added additions of Neymar Jr. and Luis Suarez have only further limited his involvement with Barcelona.


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However despite these factors hindering his domestic career in my eyes Pedro is still one of the finest attacking talents in Europe, one who would significantly improve any Premier League side, including both Manchester United and Chelsea.

For me he is the complete attacking player, clinical finishing, pace, skill and above all appreciation of his defensive duties - all the necessary attributes needed.

Criminally underrated

His goal record for Barcelona speaks for itself in my eyes, 77 goals in 313 matches for the club but impressively Pedro only started 184 of those matches. They may not be Lionel Messi standard statistics but in the modern game these numbers are ones which should be appreciated more.

When he gets his chance Pedro takes it, he is not a player who takes five attempts to find the back of the net, he is clinical and criminally underrated in my books.

Defensively as well the Barcelona man yet again offers a lot and it makes me think that he should have pushed through a move some years ago. He is a winger who covers his full back and at Barcelona the man he had to cover was Dani Alves, not the easiest task in the world considering he is one of the most forward thinking full backs in Europe.

Premier League move makes sense

Now the time has come for Pedro to seek a new challenge and perhaps remove the stereotype that he is simply a 'super-sub' or a good squad player.

He is far more than that an attacker of the highest quality but now first team football needs to be his highest priority and not just the thought of winning medals at Barcelona.

Underrated is not a word I want to associate with Pedro anymore and a move to the Premier League may be the best bet to re-establish himself as one of Europe's finest, which to me he obviously is.

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