CHELSEA STARFISH, PEDRO RODRIGUEZ: FROM SUB PLAYER AT BARCA TO STAR PLAYER FOR CHELSEA

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A change of football environ was utmost on his mind as the 2015 summer transfer window signalled its commencement. A player who is a European and World Champion at both club and international level was just too good to be overshadowed without recognition by the burgeoning figures of Barca’s awesome ‘MSN’ triumvirate. His belief was that he would never get beyond the ‘sub/backup role’ he occupied behind Neymar, Suarez and Messi. The truth is very few players in world football would be able to dislodge any of Barca’s superstar forwards. Prior to his exit from FC Barcelona that summer, he was linked with a transfer to Manchester United where everyone thought might just be his theatre of dreams. Surprisingly, out of the blues came an interest and immediate transfer to Chelsea. The La Masia product’s decision to join the Blues made the United transfer speculation appear like junk. This was seen as a real coup for Chelsea as our magnetic force of luring players to sign for us came to fore again. We can remember Willian’s botched transfer to Spurs which saw him join us after stalled negotiations by our feisty rival gave us a glimmer of hope to initiate and conclude on a deal for him. This was to the disdain of Spurs fans & hierarchy and for sure left a bitter taste in their mouths as it did to United as well with the Pedro transfer. But for us, it was a sheer display of competitive advantage that brings with it that eerie feeling that shackled our rivals.

On his debut against WestBrom, his telepathy with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard in Chelsea’s triumvirate was applauding. He announced himself nicely with a goal that warmed the hearts of Chelsea fans. Finally, we have another secret weapon in our arsenal – a technically gifted one that possess a football brain with years of experience and a winning mentality indoctrinated in him by the famous La Masia Academy. He looked very ready to set the league alight with his pace, skills, technique and strong work ethics. This was seen as shrewd business that cost the club just £21m, especially in a period of crazy transfer deals.

After the early promise that season, he regressed and suffered a dip in form and game influence. He couldn’t get into the team and was back to his ‘sub role’. His frustrations were apparent when he discussed the possibility of leaving the club to rejoin Barca. This stirred up anger among Chelsea fans, and redemption was obviously needed to quell the wildfire of betrayal.

Finally, he accepted to stay at the club and prove his worth. After all, no guts, no fortes. Indeed, he did so when a compassionate leave to Willian handed him the opportunity to do so. His scoring touch, link-up play, deft & sexy skills as well as dutiful qualities were all on display and greatly admired and appreciated by the Chelsea faithful. His goals against Spurs and Manchester United are like priceless jewels as both strikes trumpeted his emergence out of dim light into limelight. His exceptional form has seen him dislodge the Brazilian, and more importantly settled the dust of unrest caused by his actions in the summer. He looks a player reborn and might surely be a contender for Chelsea’s player of the season awards. Now Chelsea can enjoy the best of him and in hindsight know more is yet to come. Kudos Pedro!

 

Let’s keep our dreams alive. Cheers!

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OBICHI NWOSU
Nwosu Obichi is an ardent sports lover, analyst and writer with enjoyed numerous views on RSTV SPORTS SHOW and several other platforms. He's a passionate fan of Chelsea Football Club. He's also a human-capita developer, Professional (motivational) Speaker and Author.