When Pedro joined reigning Premier League champions Chelsea in a £21m deal, it was a move filled with huge excitement by all Chelsea fans. After an opening day draw to Swansea and a comprehensive defeat to Manchester City, Chelsea needed to react in the transfer market and decided to splash the cash on the Spanish international.
Pedro was immediately introduced into the Chelsea starting eleven for his debut against West Brom. He repaid his managers faith with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory which the Chelsea fans and players hope would kick start their campaign. A week later he made it assist number two with a fantastic cross for Radamel Falcao in a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, but the only shining light was Pedro and his move in just two games seemed to be a shrewd bit of a business from then current manager Jose Mourinho.
As games past, Pedro drifted. Rumours persisted about him returning to Spain with either Atletico Madrid or Valencia options for him. He was evidently disappointed with his own form and in an interview with a Spanish radio he claimed to of ‘made a mistake by leaving Barcelona’. In fairness, Chelsea were having a disastrous season by their own standards and Pedro failed to live up to his debut heroics with that goal his solitary league goal under Jose Mourinho and Mourinho was subsequently sacked by the club.
Guus Hiddink was named as Mourinho’s successor until the end of the campaign and Pedro repaid Hiddink with a goal in his first game against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. He then got an extended run in the starting eleven under Hiddink and started to show glimpses of his form at Barcelona. His freedom was a key area in which he excelled in, roaming across the three behind the striker and causing havoc for opposing defenders. He then netted twice against Newcastle in a 5-1 thrashing and was absolutely thriving under Hiddink.
A re-occurrence of a hamstring injury he sustained weeks before against Everton, returned to haunt him against Southampton. He was a facing a race to be fit for the crucial Champions League clash against PSG and was earmarked as one of Chelsea’s main threats going into the second leg. Unfortunately Chelsea crashed out that night, but Pedro continued to build on his strong performances over the past two months and netted a brace against Aston Villa.
Under Hiddink in the Premier League, Pedro has scored 5 goals in 12 games with a goal every 153 minutes compared to just 1 in 922 minutes under Jose Mourinho. A real difference and this is evidently down to Hiddink’s instructions to Pedro and how he wants him to play. The freedom is key to his emergence as establishing himself as a top Premier League player and will be hoping to end the season on a high to impress incoming boss Antonio Conte to show why he should be a regular starter next season.