Pedro used to be one of Barcelona’s deadliest weapons in front of goal. He was the perfect goal poacher, and could sneak up on defences with so much ease. I remember his days at his former club clearly, and how instrumental he was to them in the past. He might not have been a regular starter, but he definitely proved his worth. So you can imagine the joy I felt when I heard he was signing for Chelsea last season. I knew things were about to get even better for our attack.
Pedro’s life in England started on a rather slow note, and although he scored on his debut, and a number of other games, he was below par for most of his debut season. This led people to think that the Chelsea management have invested in the wrong player again. But that was his first season at Chelsea — a remarkable poor one for the entire team, and mostly under José Mourinho.
Antonio Conte’s reign brought a breath of fresh air to Chelsea, both on and off pitch. The controversies have been very minimal, and the play has been outstanding. Players have improved too, one of them notably Pedro Rodriguez. The Spain international is arguably the best player at Chelsea this season. He has been banging in the goals, and he seems to be enjoying playing again. This is particularly interesting knowing that he wasn’t even a starter before now. He was handed a chance by Conte, and he’s making the most of it. Pedro gives a different meaning and twist to our attack. We no longer have to rely on Hazard and Costa to win games, Pedro is a match winner too. There are other elements of his game that need to be improved upon, but compared to his late Barcelona days and last season, it’s obvious that he is a much better player.