While the spotlight was put on Eden Hazard’s wonderful (probable) farewell during Chelsea’s UEFA Europa League glory, Pedro’s impressive achievement took the backseat.
Obviously, the Spaniard’s big-game status was refined with an impressive finish which helped the Blues sail through to victory and, as he so often proves to be despite his glittering career, the former Barcelona star dutifully played the role of an unsung hero.
Indeed, the Spaniard also became the first ever player to have won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA European Championship, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the Europa League! So, during what’s been a highly celebrated career for the 31-year-old, it’s time for him to pass on his secret ingredients to an up-and-coming gem at Chelsea.
Indeed, now that Hazard is seemingly close to departing from London, Pedro should use his senior status to work closely with Callum Hudson-Odoi. The 18-year-old upstart knows how to dazzle fans with his dribbling ability and impressive pace, but his delivery and decision-making needs improvement to gain big-time status.
As Pedro has now starred in top-flight football for over a decade, he can help the youngster hone his craft. Heck, David Luiz even compared the latter’s potential to the likes of Hazard, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, so he’s clearly thought of highly at Stamford Bridge.
So, the stylish Spaniard’s experience allows him to give Hudson-Odoi some valuable tips or tricks needed for his improvement. Someone who has played under so many different managers at so many successful clubs, he can also act as a mentor in training to teach him better delivery from the wings or really act on his natural incisiveness.
The 31-year-old’s among the most senior players at Chelsea and grants respect for his contribution over the years. If he can be convinced to work closely on passing over some of his expertise towards honing Hudson-Odoi into a lethal campaigner, the 18-year-old can end up reaching his utmost potential very soon.
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