Pedro Rodriguez has already begun training with his new Chelsea teammates and he will be available to play a part in this weekend’s clash with West Brom.
Whether he will start against the Baggies or not is uncertain, but the fact that he has moved to west London in the expectation that he will start more often for his new employers than he did at Barcelona is not.
As such he must be expected to supersede the industrious Willian on the right of the Blues’ attacking arrowhead.
If granted preferred starter status, his performances during Gerardo Martino’s year at Barcelona suggest he’ll win a seasonal scoring dual with Eden Hazard.
The Belgian, whose 14-goal total last term included three penalties, is 1/2 favourite to out-notch his new colleague, with Pedro the 6/4 underdog in the face-off.
Yet Hazard has never got close to the 0.57 goals per 90 La Liga minutes played ratio the Spaniard managed under Martino, who gave him more starts than any other manager during his time at the Camp Nou.
Last term, the PFA player of the year registered 0.37 times for every hour and half in league action, with his best stats to date 0.44 in the 2013/14 campaign, when another four spot-kicks were converted.
Adjusting from Spanish to English football was little problem for Chelsea goal-getter Diego Costa last term and Pedro will also have an air of mystery to aid him against defenders more aware of Hazard’s methods.
The bwin odds compilers have set the three-time Champions League winner’s Premier League goal line at 13.5 for the campaign, with odds of 17/20 available to those prepared to hang their hat either side.
It’s likely that he will have to surpass that total in order to best Hazard in the scoring stakes, with the Belgian having bagged 14 for the last two seasons.
However, he did just that for Barca in Martino’s sole season at the helm, hitting 15 despite starting just 28 times for the Blaugrana.