After I found out Chelsea pulled a fast one on United concerning Pedro, I laughed. Then I asked myself, what will he do at Chelsea? What will he play? Who will he bench?
We know what prompted Mourinho to buy the winger, following the 3-0 whooping at the hands of City, which served as an eye opener, he got to work. Starting with the signing of Baba Rahman and now the signing of Pedro, you can be certain Mourinho intends to shake things up at the Bridge.
We start at the back, which was an eyesore against City, falling apart under intense scrutiny from Aguero and co. Terry was replaced by Zouma, who brought a sense of stability to the center defense. We can’t forget Serbian defender, Ivanovic, who is becoming a liability, lagging and becoming slower after every match.
The presence of Rahman, will see the Serb dropped and Azpilicueta play in his favored right, with Rahman starting on the left and restoring a semblance of balance to the defense.
The midfield that was notorious for its stability last season, was shaken on Sunday. Pedro’s presence is set to bolster that. With the Spaniard set to compete with Willian and Cuadrado dropping further down the pecking order.
It is no secret that Mourinho likes his midfielders to be defense oriented, which is why he favors Willian, who tracks back to support Ivanovic and drives forward to help in attack.
Pedro is not defensive, but has the ppredator instinct to score on the wing and can also double as a center forward.
Fabregas must be relishing the chance to link up with his former Barcelona teammate and compatriot. If he regains his creating instinct, he can mirror the relationship he had with Schurrle, a thing he doesn’t seem to have with Willian, with Pedro.
A recipe for goalscoring, as Pedro is known for being able to time his run into the box from the wings.
The arrival of Pedro will also give Hazard time to rest.
Though the arrival of Pedro will not answer all of Chelsea’s problems, but it points out that the champions are prepared to fight back following the huge loss to City.