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Chelsea winger Pedro must deliver for Guus Hiddink

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Chelsea winger Pedro will be hoping his goal in the club’s 3-1 victory over Sunderland last weekend acts as a springboard for great things to come this season.

The Spaniard struggled to make his mark at the club under Jose Mourinho, after snubbing Manchester United to join the Blues from Barcelona in the summer.

But his form at the Catalan giants is proof of his ability, and manager Guus Hiddink may now be able to succeed where his predecessor failed by coaxing the best out of the 28-year-old.


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Bad start

When Juan Cuadrado failed to fire after joining from Fiorentina last January, Mourinho acted swiftly to sign Pedro from under the noses of United who had appeared in pole position to secure his signature.

Those at Old Trafford moved quickly to deny all interest in the player once the Blues had made their move, but a goal and assist in a 3-2 debut victory over West Bromwich Albion served to worsen the confidence in manager Louis van Gaal.

However, what has followed since has been a difficult campaign with Pedro failing to replicate the same form that saw him help Barcelona to win two Champions League crowns and five La Liga titles during his time at the club.

Even with Eden Hazard a far cry from the player that was named PFA Player of the Year last term, his fellow wing wizard has fared similarly dreadful and his failure to fire ultimately cost Mourinho his job.

Barcelona boy

Though he was often eclipsed by the acheivements of the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in his final season, Pedro left with his head held high after progressing from a member of the club’s La Masia academy to become a vital member of the first team squad.

Once Thierry Henry left in 2010 he was integrated into the attacking front three as a replacement, and alongside Messi and David Villa scored in the 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League final.

However, the beginning of the end was nigh when Neymar was signed from Santos in 2013, and it was clear from the moment Luis Suarez joined the following year that Pedro’s time in Catalonia was coming to an end.

Form improvement

Now he has ended his barren run, Pedro will be aiming to become a key member for the Blues under interim boss Hiddink.

His pace and potency mean that if he can improve he could become a vital asset, but if he fails then a return to Spain in the summer could be in the offing.

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