19 Sept 2015

Liverpool Legend raves: 'Fantastic' £21m attacker is summer's 'best' signing. Better than Firmino?

For much of the last year, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for 'fantastic' ex-Barcelona star Pedro, and at one point, LFC were 5/2 favourites to seal the deal. Of course, with Brendan Rodgers at the helm, signing a player like Pedro was never more than pipe dream, and according to Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan, the Reds missed out on the signing of the summer.

Discussing Pedro on Friday, Whelan enthused:

"Chelsea FC's signing of Pedro has been the best bit of business in the transfer window".

As an ex-Red, some fans might expect Whelan to select a Liverpool player as one of the summer's best transfers, and Firmino and Benteke are expensive signings with the potential to make a huge impact at Anfield.

It's hard to disagree with Pedro, though. Chelsea have had a poor start to the season, but in terms of individual impact, the Spaniard is fulfilling his primary role:

* 1 goal/2 assists in 3 games (Goal/assist per game).

* Goal/assist every 80 minutes.

* 8 chances created (The same number as Coutinho, Lallana, Ibe, and Can *combined*)

Did Liverpool even make an attempt to sign Pedro? Would it have mattered? Probably not. In a recent interview, the Spaniard made it clear that Mourinho - and the chance to win trophies - is one of the main reasons he signed for Chelsea:

"He [Mourinho] is one of the main reasons why I’m here. He phoned me a few times and said he needed me to make the team stronger. He has won titles wherever he has been. I am really looking forward to playing under him and hopefully winning more titles."

Like Ayew, and Payet (both of whom have 4 goals/assists in 5 games), Pedro is another overseas player who's come to the Premier and made an immediate impact.

Given his peerless pedigree/achievements, this is hardly surprising, and if he'd signed for Liverpool, I'm sure Pedro would've had a similar impact. Top quality players don't need six months to start showing their best form - they just hit the ground running.

Except at Liverpool, of course, where the failure of new signings to make an immediate impact is an ongoing source of frustration.

I like Roberto Firmino as a player, but I would've take Pedro over him every day of the week.

Author: Jaimie K


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