Pedro’s performance against Bohemians yesterday evening proves that it’s time for the Spaniard to be phased out of the Chelsea starting eleven, for good.
The Spaniard has played a considerable role in everything Chelsea have achieved since his arrival in the summer of 2015, but has never produced the performance level he did at Barcelona.
Later this month, Pedro turns 32, and unfortunately he is really showing his age now. His performance against Irish side Bohemians was dreadful, and this is a man who has won 26 major trophies.
With Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi breaking through under Maurizio Sarri, there is no justification for giving Pedro minutes on the field of play any longer.
Willian, for all his failings, is undoubtedly the better option if Frank Lampard felt inclined to field someone more experienced out-wide. When he returns, Pedro could be in trouble.
Of course, he has the remainder of pre-season to prove his worth to Lampard, but his hard work and strong mentality is no longer enough to justify a starting spot. We need more.