Since Antonio Conte’s arrival as Chelsea’s new manager, there has been plenty of speculation in the press over the role Cesc Fabregas will play under the Italian.
The gifted Spanish technician is not in the new coach’s favour and brief cameo appearances from the substitutes’ bench have been all that the former Barcelona man has been granted so far in 2016-17.
However, despite the lack of game time that Fabregas is receiving, it is one of his countrymen at Stamford Bridge who looks likely to be even more of a fringe figure this season.
Pedro was introduced alongside his former Barcelona team-mate seven minutes from time against Liverpool, but the flying winger failed to make an impression.
— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) August 23, 2016
There have been fleeting glimpses of the World Cup winner at his best since he left Camp Nou for West London, but in the whole, Pedro’s time at Chelsea has been largely forgettable.
The flanks, where Eden Hazard and Willian operate, are arguably Chelsea’s strongest positions and as such the Spain international is unlikely to get much time on the pitch any time soon.
With a potential switch to a 3-5-2 system on the cards also, Fabregas may well be given more of an opportunity with three central midfielders in the formation.
However, out-and-out winger Pedro has no place in this system at all and as such don’t be surprised to see the accomplished attacker look to return to his homeland come January.