What does Pedro bring to Chelsea?

Pedro Rodriguez

Chelsea signed Pedro from Barcelona on Thursday - but what does the Spanish international add to the Blues?

Chelsea completed their fourth major summer of the signing on Thursday when they announced on their website that they had landed Pedro from Barcelona in what is believed to be a £21.2 million deal.

The Spanish international had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United for the first 18 days of the August, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward even flying out to Barcelona earlier this week hoping to seal the deal.

Having picked up only one point from their first two fixtures and losing the FA Community Shield to Arsenal, this is a much welcomed boost to the defending Premier League champions who also signed left-back Baba Rahman from FC Augsburg earlier this week.

Rahman now offers José Mourinho a different option and pace at left-back which could even see César Azpilicueta switch back to his natural right-back role after two horrific performances from Branislav Ivanović to start the season.

All eyes will be on whether Pedro gets the nod ahead of Willian to start at West Brom on Sunday though. The Spaniard already has three competitive games under his belt this season having featured in the UEFA Super Cup and both legs of the Spanish Super Cup for Barcelona, with the latest of those being this past Monday.

Arguably, he could be closer to full match fitness than the rest of the Chelsea squad given their slow start to pre-season training. One thing that's not arguable is that he is a much, much bigger goal threat than Willian.

Pedro netted 99 goals in 321 appearances in all competitions during his Barcelona career in which he was a big part of the first-team squad over the past six years, albeit losing his regular starting role for much of last season once Luis Suárez returned from suspension in October.

That's nearly a goal every three games for the right forward, although it's close to one in every four if you take only league games into account. Still an achievement for a player who hasn't started every one of those games, and who has been playing with players who love to score themselves – Lionel Messi, Alexis Sánchez, Suárez and Neymar.

Willian on the other hand isn't a big goal threat. He's found the net only eight times in 94 appearances in all competitions since he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Anzhi Makhachkala in August 2013. He's goal ratio is slightly better when you take only Premier League appearances into account – six in 61, virtually one in 10.

On top of this, the Brazilian international does only have five assists in these league games too – meaning he has contributed to 11 goals in 61 matches.

Meanwhile Pedro, who started only 15 of his 35 La Liga matches contributed to 12 goals alone last season – split equally between goals and assists.

  TeamAppearancesMins PlayedGoalsAssists
Pedro Barcelona 72 3,913 21 14
Willian Chelsea 61 4,092 6 5

(league data for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons combined)

This is the type of threat Mourinho's side need, especially in the UEFA Champions League. The difference between them and the top sides who played the 4-2-3-1 formation last season was notable when it came to goal threats down the right side of attack.

Barcelona have Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich have Thomas Müller/Arjen Robben, Real Madrid have Gareth Bale, and Chelsea had Willian.

When José Mourinho lines up his attacking 4-2-3-1 formation (Cesc Fàbregas alongside Nemanja Matić, and Ramires not in sight), Pedro will make for an excellent front four – he, Eden Hazard and Oscar all supplying chances to Diego Costa and all four capable of finding the back of the net.

Against those top teams when Mourinho likes to sit back, such as he tried last Sunday versus Manchester City with Willian as the number 10 and Ramires on the right wing, then the Brazilian will certainly find his place in the starting lineup, either on the right or in the middle in that attacking midfield three behind Costa.

Pedro's defensive contributions aren't great so it will be interesting to see if he starts the next time Chelsea face a top team, which could be at home to Arsenal on 19 September depending on who their first opponent is in the Champions League this season when the draw is made on Thursday 27 August.

Chelsea have landed an excellent player who adds a new dimension to their attack. It will be interesting to see if he starts immediately this weekend at West Brom or whether he is held back to face Crystal Palace next Saturday.

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