Pedro's arrival in late August was a rare positive development in Chelsea's early season. Not only did we gazump Manchester United to the Barcelona "lucky talisman's" signature, the winger paid immediate dividends with a Man of the Match performance against West Bromwich Albion leading Chelsea to our first win of the season. Unfortunately, Pedro didn't quite kick on from that game, and neither did Chelsea. The season of discontent continued to rumble on unabated.
Ten months and a tenth place finish later, Pedro could very well be questioning his decision to leave behind the guaranteed trophies of Barcelona for the grim reality of the Premier League.
"I am really happy here and have no regrets about the decision I made to join Chelsea."
"I am already looking forward to next season in terms of what we can achieve and putting the club back where it should be. Of course when you move away from your city there are certain things you will miss but, generally speaking, I am settled in this country."
"Is the best still to come from me? Absolutely. I always keep faith in myself and my abilities. I'm sure next season will be a great one for me and the club. I'm really looking forward to fighting for the Premier League, which will be a dream for me."
-Pedro; source: Evening Standard
The 28-year-old set career lows in appearances (43) and goals (9) for Barca and Chelsea combined this season and some of his touches and general play left us wondering how he ever fit into a Barcelona side. His signature was viewed as a major coup for Chelsea; we got a great price on a proven winner and kept Manchester United away. Pedro will have to show plenty of improvement next season, both on the stat sheet and in terms of the eye-test, to prove that assessment correct.