Pedro has not taken long to make an impact at Chelsea, and ire Manchester United fans who may have been hoping that it would be their club who got their hands on his services.
The Spanish World Cup winner joined the Premier League champions from Barcelona earlier this week, as the Blues beat United to his £21.1m signature, reports the Independent.
And he took only 20 minutes to open his Chelsea account to give them the lead against West Bromwich Albion in the Midlands this afternoon, before setting up Diego Costa for the visitors’ second.
The 28-year-old exchanged passes with Eden Hazard before squeezing a shot into the bottom corner, with the aid of a slight deflection off a Baggies defender, as you can see in the video below.
Chelsea could have been behind six minutes earlier when James Morrison blasted a low penalty at the legs of Thibaut Courtois, after Nemanja Matic had tripped Callum McManaman in the box.
But they were two up before the half-hour mark as Pedro fired the ball across the area, most probably a miscued shot, which Costa turned home into the unguarded net for his first goal of the season.
Morrison made amends by pulling Albion back into the game after great work from home debutant Salomon Rondon, but the first half at The Hawthorns belonged to Chelsea’s own new boy.
And the Blues restored their two-goal cushion prior to the interval as Pedro’s international teammate Cesar Azpilicueta collected Costa’s layoff and shot inside the post for his first Premier League goal.