In scoring at West Brom, Chelsea new boy Pedro took his place alongside Kerry Dixon, Gavin Peacock, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and co in a prestigious group of players who marked their Blues bows with a goal.
As far as first games go, the Spaniard couldn’t have wished for much better, supplementing his deadlock-breaking strike with an assist for Diego Costa as the champions recorded their first victory of the season at the Hawthorns.
But while many Stamford Bridge terrace favourites of yesteryear celebrated strikes on their maiden outing, Chelsea’s modern debutant goal-getters have failed to prosper in west London.
Since Hasselbaink bulged the net in his opening encounter in 2000, every Blues signing to follow suit, with the exceptions of Juan Mata and Diego Costa, flopped emphatically.
Boudewijn Zenden fired Chelsea into an eighth-minute lead against Newcastle in August 2001, but would only go on to score three more goals across a two-year spell at the Bridge before being loaned, and subsequently sold, to Middlesbrough.
Adrian Mutu’s technical brilliance ensured the club sunk Leicester in the first match of the Roman Abramovich era, but his off-field over-exuberance saw his Blues career end in disgrace.
The expensive disaster that was Andriy Shevchenko has been well documented, but few would’ve anticipated the Ukrainian taking place on the worst signings in the history of English football blooper reel when he scored the equaliser against Liverpool in the 2006/07 Community Shield.
While Florent Malouda represented the club for many years and won five major trophies, the Frenchman regularly found himself on the receiving end of supporter abuse across his tenure, although the bulk of this was filed after he levelled the 2007/08 Community Shield at Manchester United’s expense.
The 90 minutes Deco completed against Portsmouth on the opening day of the 2008/09 season, in which he scored the final goal of a 4-0 win, proved a fitting microcosm for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s ill-fated reign at Chelsea; strong starting before an abrupt snuffing out.
Finally, Demba Ba left Stamford Bridge having augmented his reputation, as well as upholding a respectable goal record, a brace at Southampton in the FA Cup helping him achieve this. However, the Senegalese was never considered anything other than second string once Rafa Benitez left the club.
As eager fantasy football players scramble to squeeze Pedro into their teams on the back of his West Brom-slaying heroics, savvy punters are advised to consider the misfortunes of his predecessors and steer clear of his price to score against Crystal Palace next time out.