Barcelona may see the return of club legend Pedro in the summer
When he joined the Barcelona first-team squad, Pedro was an unknown quantity among a sea of talented players in La Masia. When he left the club, he was an international superstar with two trebles, a World Cup and an Euro title under his belt.
Pedro’s rise and fall at Barça were both abrupt, but they happened nonetheless. He quickly became an important member of the first-team under Pep Guardiola, and remained an integral player in the squad before the arrival of Neymar.
Then, he was slowly phased out as the La Masia graduate had to compete with the likes of Alexis Sánchez too. Eventually, Pedro decided to leave for Chelsea. At Stamford Bridge, the veteran Spain international’s career has gone on a downward spiral.
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Pedro’s second season at Chelsea was quite successful, but the rest of his time at the Blues has been marked by ordinary performances characterising a has-been rather than a star. This season has been a particular low, as the 32-year old right winger has managed just 4 appearances.
But at the end of the season, Pedro is going to leave Chelsea. His contract will run out, and the ex-Culé has already expressed an interest in returning to Barça. But should Barça capitalise on this opportunity to bring back the club legend, or reject him?
Barça already have a huge pool of talent when it comes to the attack. While it is true that Luis Suárez still does not have a proper successor in the first-team, the flanks are saturated with talent, even without considering Lionel Messi.
Pedro would be an unnecessary burden on the squad. As a senior player, he would have certain demands in terms of playing time which cannot be fulfilled. There are simply better players with more potential, who need those minutes.
Pedro was a very loyal servant to Barça, and he deserves the praise heaped on him by Ernesto Valverde recently. But his Barça career ended 4 years ago, and that should be that.