Three reasons why Pedro would be a good Chelsea signing
Ned Bristow examines three reasons why Pedro Rodriguez will be a good signing for Chelsea
1) Pyschological boost
If there’s one Premier League manager who understands the benefit of gaining the upper hand in a mindgame, it’s Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has become famed for his tactical nuance both on and off the field, and sealing the signing of Pedro from under the noses of Manchester United could prove to be one of his biggest victories as Chelsea boss. The Blues’ start of a draw and a defeat has been questionable and has led to much criticism of the club’s poor recruitment, and so the signing of a big-name player like Pedro has become even more important. To add a player with a pedigree such as the Spaniard’s into their ranks, the champions can look to an early resurgence with a renewed sense of optimism. Although it may sound ridiculous, the price tag of around £21m is also a relatively cheap one considering the amount spent on attacking players these days. Furthermore, it leaves funds available for the ongoing pursuit of Everton and England centre-half John Stones. Mourinho will be joping that the signing of World Cup winner Pedro is enough to persuade Stones to opt for Stamford Bridge over Old Trafford or another season at Goodison Park.
Throughout his years of substitute appearances and similarly during this summer’s transfer saga, few have a bad word to say about Pedro himself. As Pep Guardiola, a big fan of the player, said in 2011: “If Pedro was Brazilian, he’d be called Pedrinho and we wouldn’t have enough money to afford him.” The now Bayern Munich boss also credited Pedro with being a great role model, and it is plain for all to see from his personal medal collection that he has a winner’s mentality. Similarly to Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas, we will now hopefully see him step out of the shadows and into the limelight, bringing with him the experience of success and providing competition to Mourinho’s favoured combination of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian. It could well spell the end for Juan Cuadrado’s ill-fated stay in London, as well as Victor Moses who has failed to establish himself as anything more than backup.
Fans are expecting to see Hazard and Pedro occupy the wide positions, with Willian and Oscar battling it out for the central role to complete a supporting three with tremendous work ethic very much in Mourinho’s preferred style. It became glaringly obvious that the Special One was in the market for a winger as early as the departure of Juan Mata, who failed to adapt to the wide role he was pushed into. Cuadrado has not produced to goods, which leaves Mourinho still on the hunt for a real top class winger. Pedro is something of a workhorse, quietly going about his defensive tracking duties and astute positioning business before exploding into action when on the ball, unsettling defences with his direct approach. A natural winger seems to be exactly what Mourinho needs to revitalise and reignite his side’s attacking flame, and the Barcelona man can tick all the boxes.