Throughout last season, Jose Mourinho and his impressive Chelsea outfit successfully took English football’s annual domestic proceedings by storm with their rugged solidity at the back, as well as some real potency across the attacking areas of the side.
Managing to maintain such a formidable style in the Champions League may have ultimately proved too much of an ask for the Blues during the 2014/15 season, but with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Asmir Begovic, and the latest Brazilian sensation, Nathan, already joining up with Mourinho’s squad ahead of the new campaign, the signs certainly look promising down at Stamford Bridge at the moment.
However, whilst Chelsea’s team may already boast a large amount of high profile names within its star-studded ranks, it seems the club’s wealthy hierarchy aren’t quite yet finished in this year’s summer transfer window. Barcelona’s Pedro has become the latest in a long line to be linked with the Premier League Champions in recent weeks, with certain outlets out there previously reporting an agreement between the two clubs.
Although such an ambitious transfer move is yet to be fully completed for Jose Mourinho, just how much of an influence would the pacey Spanish winger ultimately have among this current Chelsea batch?
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Would he simply transform the Blues into an undoubted force throughout the rest of Europe, or would someone of Pedro’s talents eventually become wasted on the bench at Stamford Bridge, where he would most likely have to spend the majority of his time at the club?
Well for one thing, any side operating in the Premier League with Pedro among its ranks will likely be improved by his addition one way or another. For his several achievements with Barcelona and the Spanish national team throughout the last decade or so, the quick-footed 27-year-old deserves to be shone in a well-deserved light, even if his most recent time at the Nou Camp hasn’t exactly gone as planned.
With Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi firmly in place up-top for Luis Enrique last season, Barcelona simply have little incentive to change their winning attacking formula, even if such a move would subsequently give Pedro that extra bit of first team action out on the pitch. Like Alexis Sanchez before him, it seems the Spanish international increasingly has little choice but to leave the La Liga giants if he is to continue impressing on the world stage.
The Premier League would therefore offer the Nou Camp academy graduate a way out of his current plight on the substitute’s bench. In recent years we have seen several high profile La Liga stars make their way to England after falling out of favour at either Barcelona or Real Madrid, and whilst not every example has worked out perfectly, the vast majority of such players inevitably become firm hits within the English game.
In line with such a notion, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been linked with landing Pedro’s signature this summer – yet it seems Chelsea have reportedly been singled out as the favourites to make the deal happen in the end.
However, if the 27-year-old Spaniard were to truly consider this latest Blues interest ahead of the new campaign, Pedro himself must ultimately avoid Stamford Bridge if he is to fully resurrect his career in the modern era. Chelsea simply couldn’t offer the current Barcelona man the chance of guaranteed football next season, which is exactly what Pedro must look for in his next move.
With the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar and Juan Cuadrado all ready and willing to fill the attacking midfield positions for their ever enigmatic boss next term, Barcelona’s nippy no. 7 ultimately wouldn’t be considered much of a first team regular whether he likes it or not.
We’ve already seen what has happened to the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle whilst operating with Chelsea in the Premier League, and the results simply condemned their rising talents to nothing more than a regular place on the subs bench almost with every passing week.
Mourinho himself has responded to these reports sensibly it seems however – revealing that no real interest in the World Cup winner will be shown this summer, unless one of his current stars decides to leave the club before the new season begins.
As the little Spaniard has nonetheless become somewhat notorious for his sheer lack of physicality on the ball and ugly ability to go down terribly easy when the going gets tough, perhaps Chelsea wouldn’t even want someone of Pedro’s potentially damaging reputation in the first place. The Premier League can be a very unforgiving place to settle after all…