Today Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Spanish World Cup winner Pedro Rodriguez from Barcelona – here at CFCnet we are taking a brief look at the player and what he will bring to Stamford Bridge.
Pedro was born on a Spanish Island that us English tourists are more than familiar with, with it being many Brits choice of summer holidays – the beautiful island of Tenerife. He started off playing for his local side CD San Isidro as a kid and was spotted by the Barcelona scouts and bought mainland at 17 years old. On a side note, CD San Isidro have now received £350k fee as part of the Pedro deal, which many say will save the 45 year old club from apparent bankruptcy – fairytale story.
Pedro then came through the famous Barcelona youth system appearing for the C and B sides from 2005 – 2009 making 125 appearances and scoring 27 goals.
His ability was noticed right away and it was his versatility and mentality that stood out. Pedro was a natural footballer and is technically brilliant. He has a winning mentality that has been with him from a very young age and he’s a born winner. This really shone in his younger days as he battled the competition through the youth ranks in order to succeed and make him stand out amongst probably the most talented set of young players in the world at the time.
Pedro got his first team call up in 2008, he scored twice during the pre-season campaign and immediately became a fans favourite amongst the Camp Nou faithful, who noted and appreciated his desire and passion, that’s without mentioning his quality and finishing ability.
He went on to make 14 appearances that season as a youth player and then was definitely promoted and named amongst the first team squad by Pep Guardiola the following season.
It was this season where he really took the world stage and became a household name, breaking records while he was at it. He became the first player to score in six different club competitions during a single season and in the same year.
He then went on to nail down his spot in the squad and became pinnacle to Barcelona’s huge success during the ‘tika taka’ error. He was a solid member of the squad continuing to feature around 30 times a season and often popping up with important goals between 2010 and the current season. He has reached double figures in goals in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2013/14 and he’s got some vital assists.
He was first picked for Spain in 2010 and has been a regular since, scoring 16 goals for his country in 51 appearances.
Pedro has won every major honour available to win in his career and made an impact in all of them.
After being at Barcelona for 15 years, Pedro has always featured in the squad and gave a good account of himself. He often got in ahead of Alexis Sanchez, who ended up growing frustrated at not starting and move to Arsenal.
But the Spaniard had seen competition increase with the emergence of more quality from the youth ranks and the signings of Luis Suarez and Neymar.
With this in mind and after 204 appearances and 58 goals for the Catalans, the 28-year old decided to move in order to have a new challenge and gain first team football once again.
So where will he fit in at Chelsea and what type of player do we have here?
Well, we have a classy and determined player who has experience and knows how to win games. We have a single player who can change a game by himself and be that vital difference between winning games and drawing games. I’ve heard a quote that I agree with suggesting that Pedro can add 16 points to our tally come the end of the season.
He brings skill, pace and versatility. He is excellent with both feet and can play anywhere across the attacking three or up top. He’ll provide more assists and feed Diego Costa as well as scoring important goals himself. He’ll beat his man, has an eye for a pass and has the energy to track back. He’s a top quality all rounder.
He’s not joined just to provide squad depth, he’s come here to be a starter and to be a winner. I can see him slotting straight on to the right wing position, which is seemingly become problematic for us recently.
Depending on who else arrives, I can see that attacking three consisting of Hazard, Fabregas and Pedro rotating with Oscar and Willian. But Pedro must start for me. He has the creativity to make things happen and will take some pressure off Eden Hazard being our main source of changing games.
Well, there’s one thing left to say to our new bargain singing – Welcome to Chelsea Pedro Rodriguez!
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Simon Phillips – News Editor – CFCnet