The last few hours have been awesome for the Blue fans! We have managed to capture one of the top wingers of the world at a bargain price while embarrassing Manchester United in the process! I mean, what could be better than that?
Pedro had been linked to Chelsea at the start of the summer transfer window after Arda Turan completed his Camp Nou move. Gradually, though, our interest faded away in the Spaniard and Manchester United became the front runners in the signing of the winger.
The Red Devils almost secured the move as Ed Woodward flew to Spain to seal the deal, but, maybe a loss against City was what we needed to announce ourselves in the market! Better late than never, eh?
So, after trolling Manchester United over the whole saga, the question is, how does Pedro fits in at Chelsea? Where does he play? What will be his position? Who will he compete with?
Don’t worry; Here we try to explain the role Pedro will most probably play with Chelsea:
LEFT WINGER AT BARCELONA
A versatile attacking midfielder, Pedro is capable of playing ANYWHERE in the attacking midfield. The Spaniard can slot in either wing, can play as a CAM or even a second striker. But, his role in Barcelona was that of a Left Winger, primarily.
Before the arrival of Neymar, Pedro used to be a regular member of the Catalan side, slotting in the Left Wing and usually competing with David Villa/Alexis Sanchez for the regular minutes. With a lightning fast pace and a “Hazardesque” trickery under his belt, Pedro is a constant nightmare for any fullback in the world. Sometimes even used as a second striker or a lone striker, Pedro excelled at his role. But, that was before the arrival of Neymar!
After the Brazilian joined Barcelona a couple of years back, Pedro has seen his role reduced to the bench mostly. The Spaniard has been forced to be a backup to Neymar on the wings while, Luis Suarez, at the Striker, is no slouch either. So, a move away was always on the cards!
RIGHT WINGER AT CHELSEA
If Barcelona had Neymar occupying the Left Wing, guess who do we have?
There’s just no way anyone, not named Ronaldo/Messi, displaces Hazard from the Left Wing. So, where does that leave Pedro? Well, the thing is, Pedro was never brought to compete for the Left Wing. Sure, we have a world class option now to replace Hazard on the Left, in case he is unavailable, but that’s not the position Pedro will compete for at the Bridge!
Our Right Wing has been a problematic position for a long time now. Just think; since the arrival of Hazard, we never have had the need to buy a Left Winger but, Right Wing?
Willian, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata, Juan Cuadrado even Ramires are some of the players that have been tried on the Right! Except for Willian, who has been decent, none of them had actually done anything significant to lock that position.
But, even the Brazilian hasn’t been World Class either! Sure he can hustle and press relentlessly while tackling, intercepting and defending but, the primary objective of a winger; scoring goals and providing assists; Willian desperately lacks in that department. Now, make no mistakes, I think very highly of Willian; he is probably the hardest working and one of the fastest player in our squad and I would never sell him for any money, but does he compliment Hazard? I don’t think so! That’s where Pedro comes in!
Now, those of you who haven’t seen much of Pedro, think of him as a rich man’s Andre Schurrle. The Spaniard is fast, direct, has a very good shot under his belt, can play as a second striker if needed, can defend, press relentlessly (common he is a Barca product, pressing is in his DNA!), and most importantly, he can score goals and create opportunities for others!
Finally, after so many years we can say, we have 2 great wingers on the either wing!
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR WILLIAN, MOSES, AND CUADRADO
First of all Juan Cuadrado; I hope he is sold/ loaned or whatever because there’s just no way he is going to get any minutes after the arrival of Pedro. Better get rid of him!
Willian; The Brazilian is an asset to have in the squad and he will most probably challenge an inconsistent Oscar for the CAM role. As we saw at the business end of the last season, Willian can be a very good No. 10 in our current setup. With his ability to constantly press the opponent high up the field while tackling, intercepting and running all day long, Willian can provide a much needed competition to Oscar in the CAM role. It also means we don’t have to rely on Fabregas as a No. 10 in the absence of Oscar which can only be a good news for us!
Lastly, a word on Moses. Currently, nursing his groin injury, the Nigerian has been brilliant this preseason and will most probably challenge/backup Pedro this season on the Right Wing.
Hopefully, this is the one marquee signing we needed to kick-start our campaign. We still do have a glaring hole in the Central Midfield and Central Defense but, at least, the Right Wing has FINALLY been sorted out!
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