When Chelsea first announced the signing of 28-year-old former Barcelona man, Pedro, this summer – most Blues fans quite rightly believed that their club had just completed a very smart move indeed.
The West Londoners didn’t have to pay over the odds to get him, the Spaniard still seemingly had a good couple of seasons left in the tank, and this was a player who had achieved almost every team accolade both the domestic game – and the international scene – currently has to offer.
However, as everything seems to be going wrong for Jose Mourinho’s once formidable outfit so far this season, Pedro may well be experiencing second thoughts over his recent decision to make the switch to Stamford Bridge in the first place.
The World Cup winner has failed on an individual level since deciding to join up with the Premier League champions in the summer, despite admittedly facing an injury-ridden spell on the side-lines this term, whilst watching the rest of his teammates suffer an equally unfortunate fate out on the pitch.
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So, as the 2015/16 campaign has so far been a rather tiresome one for everyone involved with the Blues – should Pedro already be regretting his recent move to Stamford Bridge this term, or can the Spaniard bounce back with the rest of his squad as the remainder of the current season plays out?
Even if the former Nou Camp favourite had in-fact pulled his weight in the early stages of 2015/16, Jose Mourinho’s side would still likely be experiencing the same current lack of fortune that has awaited them in the Premier League thus far. No title-holding side ends up languishing in 15th place after eleven games of the season, without something being dramatically wrong behind the scenes.
The current Chelsea boss has seemingly lost the plot at this stage in the proceedings, very few standout Blues players are operating with the same level of intensity and aggression that they found last season, as well as the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic so far looking completely unable to hold down much defensive stability at the back.
Each of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic also seem a far shot off their full potential this term, with Mourinho’s questionable use of Diego Costa up-top now feeling a bit tired and uninventive all of a sudden. All things must pass in the end – and this current Blues outfit certainly seem to be going the way of the dinosaurs.
Pedro therefore faces a massive task in helping rejuvenate his team for the remainder of the campaign. Although the little Spaniard undoubtedly possesses some great close-control skills when running at full-tilt towards to opposition’s back-line, Chelsea arguably require a little more creativity in the final third than what Pedro is actually capable of.
Without the likes of Hazard and Fabregas doing the business for their side, this Blues team looks distinctly stagnant and somewhat unimaginative throughout the spine of their starting XI. Pedro can and will score a few more goals this term – but is he really the no-nonsense character Chelsea need with everything that’s already gone wrong for Mourinho’s side so far this term? Arguably not.
Maybe if the Stamford Bridge hierarchy hadn’t seen fit to rid themselves of Kevin de Bruyne, Andre Schurrle or Romelu Lukaku in the past – whilst also potentially keeping a hold of current loanees, Mohamed Salah and Juan Cuadrado – Chelsea may well have been able to call upon a variety of different options to help them out of their recent top-flight peril.
Therefore, despite initially seeming like a quality new addition upon first arriving in the Premier League this summer, Chelsea’s 28-year-old Spaniard just doesn’t quite seem like a match-winner with all things considered. He obviously never expected to be partially saving the Blues upon returning from injury this term – so perhaps this is a deal that ultimately failed to work wonders for any relevant party.
Opinions like this, however, are simply made to be challenged and Pedro could still prove his critics wrong as the rest of the campaign eventually plays out of course.