Well finally there is progress being made. Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Baba Rahman, and are looking to complete a deal for Pedro in the coming days or hours.
It’s what Chelsea fans have been expecting since the beginning of the transfer window. All things considered the early defeat to Manchester City may not have been the worst thing for Chelsea, as it appears they are now approaching the transfer market with a more aggressive attitude. An outlook that many will feel should have been there since July 1.
Whatever the case, Chelsea look set to add to their attacking ranks with Barcelona star, Pedro. The Spaniard has been brilliant for the Catalans for most of his career, just beginning to fall out of the starting lineup last season due to the attacking trio of Suarez, Messi and Neymar.
This left Pedro feeling as though he needed a new home to continue to find minutes and it appears he has made this home in West London.
Earlier in the summer, I wrote an article highlighting how Chelsea didn’t need Pedro. I couldn’t have been more wrong. At that point in the summer, I was skeptical of how much of an impact the Spaniard could have, coupled with what it would mean for the Chelsea team at hand, specifically Juan Cuadrado.
If there was any player that needed to come out of the gate looking brilliant, it was the Colombian. Chelsea overpaid Fiorentina for his services and have yet to see any return on investment. The 27-year-old has been nothing short of disappointing since moving to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.
When I was against a potential Pedro signing, I was still of the camp that Cuadrado had something to offer the Blues. I believed with a strong preseason, and a solid work ethic, he could start to show signs of settling in.
However, it’s been nothing but mediocrity from the Colombian, and I think it’s time for Chelsea to cut their losses while they can still recoup some of their investment. There a few interested parties, and they should capitalize while they still can.
To me, the need to sell Cuadrado is now increased with the pending Pedro deal. The Spaniard signing for the West Londoners will surely spell the end to Cuadrado’s Chelsea career. Pedro is a proven winner, contributor and goal scorer. There is no doubt he makes the Blues a better side.
The same cannot be said for the Colombian.
There comes several times in a manager’s career where they get it wrong. In Jose Mourinho’s time as a manager, his mistakes are often overshadowed by his achievements, and rightfully so.
However, as the Portuguese manager begins his third season in his second stint at Stamford Bridge, it’s time to take stock and evaluate where he could do better. Signings like Fabregas, Costa, Matic, and Zouma are all masterclass transfers. It’s why Chelsea invest so much into having a manager like Mourinho at the helm.
That being said, he’s got it wrong several times as well. Salah was a panic buy in my humble opinion, a player who never had what it took to make the grade in the Premier League as a Chelsea player. Furthermore, selling DeBruyne, Schurrle and Mata will always be looked at with suspicion.
To me, the biggest mistake of Mourinho’s second stint at Chelsea has been the purchase of Cuadrado. And it’s time to make amends for this decision. Admitting fault, especially for someone like Mourinho isn’t easy, but it’s a necessity if the Blues are to continue on with their winning ways.
Selling Cuadrado, adding Pedro, and maybe a few other signings, and all of a sudden, Chelsea are looking like a much stronger team. It’s imperative to keep the foot on the gas, make deals and continue to improve. Pedro will make the Blues a better side, and Mourinho can’t afford to keep deadweight like Cuadrado around if the West Londoners are serious about their campaign.
The next few weeks in the transfer market will be imperative to Chelsea’s season. Hopefully, we’ll see Mourinho be swift, decisive, and relentless. He’ll have the financial backing, now it’s time to sign the checks.