Seven months into his Chelsea career and it’s becoming ever apparent that Pedro is struggling to adjust to Premier League football. The Spaniard has been far from poor since his move but has failed to live up to the original hype.
Considering the Blues signed a Champions League, European Championship and World Cup winner, they’ve been left wanting. Pedro has simply been underwhelming since his move to west London.
Unfortunately for supporters, the excitement of the move has been quick to simmer out. The winger hasn’t been the remedy for the club’s recent troubles that many had hoped for.
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Since securing a move to Stamford Bridge for an estimated £21 million on August 20, Pedro has scored five goals in 32 appearances. It’s far from a shameful record but certainly mediocre for a player of such prowess.
Moreover, with just two assists, the 28-year-old has proven equally average when it comes to supplying teammates this season.
Considering this is a player brought up on Barcelona’s immaculate passing philosophy, Pedro has seen his delivery stagnate in England. The difficult adjustment from La Liga to the Premier League has been clear to see.
There have been moments of brilliance but such showings have appeared inconsistent. An impressive brace against Newcastle United in February proved an anomalous remainder of the electrifying form he displayed on his debut at the Hawthorns.
Pedro has far from slumped in England but considering the Blues had snapped up one of Barcelona’s finest, supporter disappointment is understandable. Whether the 28-year-old likes it or not, such a brimming trophy cabinet sees hefty expectations come in tandem and Pedro is yet to meet them in England.
Equally, the context of the scenario is certainly important to consider. 2015-16 has been a season like no other for Chelsea with a number of their big stars failing to meet their usual high standards. Pedro however hasn’t followed the crowd in improving under Guus Hiddink and remains an inconsistent performer.
It simply must be hoped, for the sake of the supporters, that Pedro undergoes a resurgence in 2016-17. After all, a pre-season with the squad will be beneficial for the Spaniard considering he didn’t have such a privilege last year.
The famous physicality of the Premier League must also be acknowledged and the man himself admitted he was struggling with this issue in October. However, it’s been six months since that comment and Pedro seems to still be toiling.
What lies ahead for Pedro in west London is yet to be seen but at the moment, the Spaniard is persisting to stall at Stamford Bridge.
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