Tagged: Pedro

Pedro Chelsea move will show just how good a player he is – ESPN FC

Pedro Chelsea move will show just how good a player he is – ESPN FC

Great question at the end there. I think Pedro will surprise any “Premier League is the best etc. etc.” folks. There may be lows as well but overall he’ll be just fine.

Why selfless superstar Pedro is a dream player for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea | FourFourTwo

Why selfless superstar Pedro is a dream player for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea | FourFourTwo.

One goal and one assist in his first game. Yeah, Chelsea were handed another gift by Barcelona. If they sort out the defense then they are right back on top.

Pedro Is the Player Manchester United Thought Angel Di Maria Would Be | Bleacher Report

Pedro Is the Player Manchester United Thought Angel Di Maria Would Be | Bleacher Report.

I guess we’ll see what happens with this deal after the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup tomorrow. Obviously we on the outside don’t know everything that’s going on but it’ll be sorted it out soon. I’m not sure Pedro is as fully sold on United as one of the authors thinks, and not because how Van Gaal is treating, Victor Valdes. He is what they need to elevate their still turgid attack though. Only half of August left for things to be concluded.

Manchester United still want Pedro, who still wants Manchester United

Pedro to Manchester United What would Barcelona winger bring – ESPN FC

 

Manchester United move for Barcelona’s Pedro presents questions for all three sides – The Aspirer

Manchester United move for Barcelona’s Pedro presents questions for all three sides – The Aspirer.

My piece for the Aspirer on Pedro to Manchester United

 

If reports are to believed then Manchester United is close to making another big summer transfer.

Numerous sources have reported on the Red Devils interest in Barcelona’s Pedro since last season ended. With Angel di Maria officially out the door, Louis van Gaal needs another wide presence who can fit into his system and improve his squad. Pedro would be just the player to fit that role, but one can’t help but wonder how this move affects all three parties should it occur.

 

Pedro

Pedro has been an important part of Barcelona’s squad since the days of Pep Guardiola but saw his playing time decrease last season due the arrival of Luis Suarez, along with Neymar’s improvement and, of course, the un-droppable Lionel Messi. The Spaniard showed his quality when selected, though, including a fantastic goal against Real Sociedad but has found the situation difficult.

Pedro is 28 years old and is now in his peak years. Going to United would give Pedro a new challenge and would be a fitting end to what’s been a fantastic career.

Pedro won’t just be thinking of the challenge ahead though. A spot in Spain’s squad for the Euro 2016 is on the line as well. Joining a new club a year before a big tournament is always risky but the likely improvement in playing time would help his case.

His importance to Guardiola’s earlier teams has seen him labeled as a “system player.” While it’s true that Pedro is very much a player with Barcelona DNA, it fails to look at the entire picture. Pedro is an intelligent, efficient, clinical and consistent player. He’s been in the double digits in goals at Barcelona ever since becoming a regular starter. His positioning and movement allow him to get into dangerous positions and his technical skills are, as you would expect from a Barcelona product, superb.

Manchester United

Manchester United needed a replacement for Di Maria now that the soap opera is over. Van Gaal has history with Barcelona, and despite a seemingly pragmatic stance compared to the likes of Guardiola, his preferred style is one Pedro would be very accustomed to. The Dutch manager also prefers players who are willing to but the team first and work hard.

Pedro ticks all the boxes.

The Red Devils have trotted out a 4-2-3-1 during preseason but Van Gaal can go with a 4-3-3 knowing that Memphis Depay and Pedro could change sides while Wayne Rooney leads the line. The problem, if you can call it that, is how to keep a resurgent Ashley Young happy and give playing time to someone like Adnan Januzaj. A little healthy competition should only improve all the players involved though.

Pedro also brings with him plenty of experience at the international and club level. He’s used to winning as well. The Red Devils aren’t short of any of those attributes but having a player like Pedro, who’s used to playing in pressure situations, can only help.

And what of Barcelona?

The Catalan side is letting go their only experienced option besides the trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

Pedro chipped in six goals and six assists in the league season and was key to keeping the trio fresh. He was certainly worthy of, and deserving of, more but such was his task under Luis Enrique. Should he leave then Barcelona would be in a precarious position if anything happens to one of the starting three.

Youngsters Sandro and Munir would likely see more playing time and there are pros and cons to that. The duo will get a chance to prove they are capable of making the grade in the first team but their inexperience will be an issue. While they may only be relied upon early on, as they were last season, there’s still a risk that they will miss big chances and points dropped as a result. Arda Turan, the most obvious candidate to replace Pedro, can’t play until January due to the restrictions from their transfer ban.

Luis Enrique and teammates like Suarez have urged him to stay, yet a move seems more and more likely. There could be other issues that many outside the club aren’t privy to but it’s hard to see Barcelona letting this saga continue if they really wanted to him to stay. While Pedro has every right to pursue an opportunity like this, a chance to stay and create further history and defend a treble of titles must weigh on the mind.

There are three distinct sides to this saga, and it now looks like it’s going down to the wire as far as the transfer window goes. Manchester United and Pedro would surely be getting the better of the deal if it does occur.

Barcelona Feature: Messi & Neymar back with a bang to prove there’s no room at Barca for Pedro – Goal.com – Goal.com

Barcelona Feature: Messi & Neymar back with a bang to prove there’s no room at Barca for Pedro – Goal.com – Goal.com.

He will be missed by fans and team-mates alike, but with Suarez so important nowafter his rapid adaptation last season and Messi and Neymar back with a bang in this match, it is clear that there is no room in Barca’s attack any more for one of their most popular players of the last few years

I’m sorry but that’s a dumb statement. Barcelona going into the season with just three experienced forwards for a 4-3-3, no matter their quality and understanding, is just asking for things to go wrong. At least Pedro provides experience and quality. There’s plenty of room for him and that shouldn’t even be a question.

Pedro may be inferior to Di Maria but he is a far better fit for Van Gaal’s United | Squawka News | Transfer Analysis

Pedro may be inferior to Di Maria but he is a far better fit for Van Gaal’s United | Squawka News | Transfer Analysis.

I feel like the author’s making Pedro out to be worse than he is. Still, I agree with the overall premise that Pedro would be an extremely good pickup for Manchester United.

Staying at Barcelona could cost in-form Pedro personal glory – ESPN FC

Staying at Barcelona could cost in-form Pedro personal glory – ESPN FC.

I think Pedro’s quality speaks for itself but the author definitely makes some good points in the article. The only question is, or maybe was before Bojan’s recent form, is whether or not a prototypical Barcelona player can cut it elsewhere. Yes, even Pedro.

He’s known little else in his footballing education, and the tactics etc anywhere else will be a shock. He may even be really poor for a whole season before gets going. And given that he’s highly unlikely to stay in Spain if he ever leaves, then a major adjustment period should be expected.

I don’t think his talents would be wasted if he stays at Barcelona but I do think it’s sad how unappreciated he’s become since his dip in form. Ditto for Gerard Pique. Out of the two though, you would have to say Pedro has been more productive even if he hasn’t hit the heights of those 20-goal seasons.

Guess we’ll see what happens. Would definitely be interesting to see how things pan out if Pedro did ever leave.