When Chelsea signed Pedro Rodriguez from Barcelona, in the summer of 2015, little did we know that he’d go on to do great things at the club.
Many fans were excited at his coming, after a wonderful spell at Barcelona, and he gave a wonderful performance against West Bromwich Albion, scoring a goal and assisting Diego Costa for another. But after that remarkable outing, his performance dropped for Chelsea, until Conte’s switch to 3-4-3.
The story of Chelsea’s winning run this season cannot be complete without mentioning Pedro. The Spaniard has been excellent playing as a winger in that formation, and he has even scored some beautiful goals this season.
However, Pedro’s story doesn’t end there; there has been a new twist to Pedro Rodriguez’s story at Chelsea. We know we can play as a centre-forward and as a winger, but little did we know that he’s equally apt in the wing-back role.
Pedro was deployed as a wing-back in the second-half in the 2-0 loss to Tottenham, and he was fully deployed in that position as the Blues went on rampage against Peterborough, and Pedro was a catalyst in that victory.
He scored a brace against Peterborough, and he bombarded the left wing like it was an easy task. Pedro was tireless in his running, and the way he recovered from front to back was so swift. His pace, direct running, skills and sleekness, as well as his tireless running makes him a perfect fit in that position, and I can only imagine how Chelsea’s attacking threat will be if Pedro and Victor Moses start as wing-backs in the Premier League.
Pedro was signed for around £20 million, and for what he has shown this season under Antonio Conte, his transfer fee might just be a bargain.