Barcelona Ace Linked To Chelsea – A Tactical Analysis
If the reports coming from the Spanish daily ‘Sport‘ are to be believed, the Catalan forward Pedro might well be on his way to Stamford Bridge.
According to Sport, English Champions Chelsea are ready to pay the Spaniard’s €30million buyout clause once the new Barcelona president is elected.
Sport also reports that the 27-year old has said ‘yes’ to a move to the West London club after rejecting offers from Arsenal, Liverpool, and PSG and has made up his mind to leave Camp Nou.
The lack of playing time in the past two seasons is believed to be the driving force behind the move if it materializes. Moreover, the arrival of Arda Turan from Atletico de Madrid didn’t help matters for the forward who became increasingly concerned about his first team chances.
Sport further reports that Pedro “received a call from Jose Mourinho that made him rethink his future”. It is a well-known fact that the Blues’ boss is a keen admirer of the Spanish international. Also fellow Spaniard and former Barca team-mate Cesc Fabregas has been convincing the forward to join the Chelsea ranks.
The Spanish newspaper suggests that Barcelona “do not want to hurt a player who has given everything for the Blaugrana colors in the 7 seasons” he has played and thus the move looks favorable.
Chelsea have been very quite during this summer’s transfer window and have only managed to acquire the signatures of Colombian skipper Radamel Falcao and Brazilian prodigy Nathan. Signing of the stylish forward will surely change some of it.
We have done a tactical analysis for those of you who are not familiar with the forward and give you folks an idea as to what the Spanish ace will bring to the table.
Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma, better known as Pedro has made 318 appearances for Barcelona scoring 98 times in the process. In the 2009-10 season, he became the first Blaugrana player to achieve a remarkable feat of scoring in six different official club competitions.
Pedro has also played 51 games for the Spanish National Football Team having scored 16 times. He represented his country at the 2010 and 2014 editions of the FIFA World Cup having won the former. He was also a part of the Spanish side that won the Euro 2012.
STYLE OF PLAY
Pedro though is right-footed, usually plays the ball with his left foot. He can play on both sides of the pitch as a winger, continuously supplying ammunition to the fellow attackers and get into goal-scoring positions. He can also operate as a second striker and has a knack for scoring goals.
The addition of a veteran like Pedro will definitely strengthen the squad and our domestic title defense as well as European aspirations will receive a massive boost. Pedro, when paired with Hazard and Fabregas, would make a formidable midfield, and if need be, he can operate as a striker or a false nine. €30million for a player of such supreme quality and experience is well worth it. This move if materializes can prove to be a game-changer.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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