It’s easy to criticise players after a heavy defeat, and it’s often a trend to base opinions on immediate reaction, known as being reactionary.
However, there is one player who some feel is under rated at Chelsea, whom I’d go as far to say is actually over rated.
This isn’t a reactionary opinion either, I have felt this for some time. But once again yesterday, Pedro was awful for Chelsea.
I love his energy and his hard-working attitude. He’s also very good for a clutch-goal, and has often popped up on occasion to save Chelsea.
However, I have played alongside players at grassroots level who have also been workhorses, and good goal-scorers. But does that mean they’re good enough to play for Chelsea? No.
Pedro is a great squad player, I’m not here to hammer him. I said last season I’d keep him in and around the squad for his experience, his energy, and his goal scoring ability. But he should no way be considered a regular starter, which is what he has mainly been used as for the last few years.
For me, despite being rapid and hard-working, he is wasteful, headless, and often lacks the intelligence to pick out the right pass.
He is the cause of too many attacking break-downs by losing the ball, making the wrong pass, or simply just keeping his head down and dribbling in circles.
I believe that when Frank Lampard has a fully fit team, Pedro will in fact just be that squad player. But even until then, he should still be just on the bench at most, unless we are rotating.