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Pedro to redeem Mourinho from early crisis?

West Brom vs Chelsea: Pedro to redeem Mourinho from an early crisis?

August 22, 2015 By Abdullah Zubair
Chelsea will be hoping to return to winning ways when they face West Brom on Sunday and will be able to make use of the services of Spanish World Cup winner Pedro who sealed a move to Stamford Bridge.

The transfer window is full of surprises and despite of being hotly linked with a move to Man United for the majority of the summer, Chelsea secured the signing of the Spanish international. Ed Woodward was rumored to have contacted the club and the player's officials on countless occasions, but a call from Jose Mourinho and further convincing from former club team mate Cesc Fabregas was enough to lure Pedro to Chelsea.

Mourinho has publicly expressed his frustration over the form of a number of players including Fabregas and was critical of his own self as well. On Sunday he will be looking to redeem himself and will be counting on Pedro to bring some inspiration. Likewise, Fabregas had a terrific start to the season in the last campaign, when he was seen providing goals for fun. His partnership with Diego Costa in particular was too much for any opposition to handle. But Costa's dip in form has seen Fabregas' form suffer as well. He will be in buoyant mood with the arrival of his compatriot who had a better minutes per goal or assist ratio ast season than any other Chelsea winger.

Pedro has long lived in the shadows of bigger players and even though he produced good performances whenever called upon, the likes of Neymar and Alexis Sanchez in the past always had an upper hand over him. His limited appearances in a Barcelona shirt however had no bearing on his performances. In 174 starts for his club he managed 73 goals and 41 assists, earning himself a mammoth 20 titles.

Furthermore he is a versatile forward who is capable of playing on the wings as well as through the middle. This is exactly the kind of player Jose Mourinho needs for his squad, a winger who can produce goals and can play through the middle in emergency times. Chelsea's dependency on Diego Costa has cost them a number of points. Whereas his backup Radamel Falcao is no longer the player he should be.

In Pedro Chelsea get an absolute winner who works tirelessly for his team, in a Jose Mourinho team that is something which holds the highest of importance. He is a player who is used to winning and has a massive trophy cabinet to show for his efforts. He has won 22 titles for his club and country which also includes a World Cup as well as three Champions League titles and will fit along well with the ambitions of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.

With the club taking financial fair play more seriously, Pedro is an exceptional capture. For what he is bringing to the club, £22million seems  to be a very reasonable fee. It is worth mentioning that this is less than half of what Man City spent to sign Raheem Sterling and one and half times less than what Liverpool paid for Christian Benteke.

Whereas Chelsea will definitely benefit from a player of his qualities, the move is a good one for Pedro as well. This is his time to step out from the shadows of superstar players at the club and make a name for himself just like Alexis Sanchez managed to do at Arsenal.

Despite of coming from a big club he does not have the ego which will result in a dressing room outburst. His willingness to sit on the Barcelona bench for so long shows that he is willing to make sacrifices for the team, but it must not be ignored that he is more than capable of changing the game when called upon.


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