Will Pedro spark Blues into Life ?

Chelsea are on the verge of signing Barcelona winger Pedro for a reported £22 million fee. 

It will see Jose Mourinho’s side add the much needed fire-power that their front-line has missed. The club relied heavily on Diego Costa and Eden Hazard for the majority of their goals last season, with the defenders also chipping in. 

Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have analysed the Spaniard’s attacking stats from last season on a per minute basis to see how he matches up to Chelsea pair, Oscar and Willian. 

The 28-year-old netted 6 La Liga goals last term despite first-team opportunities coming at a premium, playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Pedro only completed 1,550 minutes in La Liga last season. His 6 goals equated to a goal every 258 minutes.

Pedro v Oscar v Willian

In contrast, Chelsea duo Oscar and Willian failed to shine in the final third of the pitch.  

Oscar also managed 6 league goals. However, he played more minutes (2,022) than Pedro. His tally resulted to a goal every 337 minutes. While Willian managed just 2 goals. The Brazilian played more minutes (2,412) than both players, taking an average of 1,206 minutes to score each of his goals.

The Spaniard also led the pair for strike-rate too, attempting fewer shots. Pedro enjoyed a 16% goals to shots ratio compared to Oscar’s poor 8% and Willian’s dismal 4%. 

Furthermore, Pedro also excelled for shot accuracy with 65% of his shots hitting the target. Oscar managed 57%, while Willian could only muster up 39% of his shots on target. 

The 28-year-old’s move to Stamford Bridge should see the Blues’ attacking threat significantly strengthened as they look to reverse their poor start to the season.