In a tense 2-2 tie with West Bromwich Albion, there was the biggest indication yet that Pedro’s position may be under threat from Brazilian colleague Kenedy.
After the Spaniard endured a nightmare first half, which saw him partly at fault for the Baggies’ opener, the ex-Barcelona man was substituted at the break. Kenedy was the replacement and the 19-year-old was swift to impress with his youthful tenacity and skill.
On recent form and showings, it’s looking like it may be time for Pedro to experience a spell on the bench. Five months into the season and the 28-year-old is yet to make a prominent impact in a Chelsea jersey.
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The Spaniard’s struggles with the physicality of the Premier League have been highly publicised and he is yet to live up to excitement sparked by his dream debut.
Once again, the World Cup winner was simply a ghost on the Blues’ left-wing.
His frustrations and shortcomings were exemplified by his criminal role in West Brom’s equaliser. Pedro attempted to slalom through a collection of opposition players in his own half only to concede the ball.
In running down a cul-de-sac, the Spaniard had given away possession to which Craig Gardner obliged and thumped the ball home for 1-1.
Subsequently, Pedro was substituted at half time, a cruel but necessary move after a stagnant first half performance. With just two league goals and assists this campaign, the 28-year-old persists to stall in England.
On the contrary, the Brazilian whom replaced Pedro during the break proceeded to shine and play an influential role in ensuring Chelsea secured a point.
Kenedy instantly added considerably more invention and ambition to the Chelsea flank. Most notably, the youngster was actually successful in his attempts to dribble past the brutish West Brom defence.
Whilst far from the finished article and just 19-years-old, his performance against the Baggies certainly warrants further first team outings.
Besides, if it wasn’t for his gambling on Willian’s cross for the second goal, Gareth McAuley may not have turned the ball into his own net. The Brazilian’s presence and persistence prompted the Northen Irish defender to falter under pressure.
Chelsea fans are crying out for more youth in their team and Kenedy appears to be the perfect avenue through which to initiate this. After all, his arsenal of skills and youthful hunger to take on opposition players is priceless.
With Pedro struggling to cut it in the Premier League, a period on the bench may be the perfect remedy. Removing the Spaniard from the spotlight could give him the springboard to show his best form upon a return.
In the meantime, Kenedy proves the perfect man to step up to the gauntlet.
2015-16 has seen only two Chelsea wingers truly perform and one of them proves the ambitious 19-year-old. The ex-Fluminese man is simply too large of a talent to neglect and with so many wide men struggling, there has never been a better time to deploy him.
Chelsea need results and now if they want to hang onto their top four dreams, consequently Hiddink should drop Pedro in favour of Kenedy. The former may possess the silverware and reputation but at least the latter doesn’t implode when placed on a Premier League stage.
In this instance, youth and effort may prevail over experience and nous for Guus Hiddink. After all, a place in the starting XI is the least Kenedy deserves.
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