Sam Allardyce takes stock of Pedro signing

The former Bolton Wanderers manager feels that Chelsea bought the Spain international largely due to a poor start to the new campaign

In their first two games of the season, the reigning English champions have managed to amass just a single point and Allardyce believes that Jose Mourinho signed the winger from Barcelona as a reaction to a poor league start.

Initially, Pedro was rumoured to be close to sealing a move to Manchester United but after the Red Devils slept during their interest, the player chose to sign with the Blues and Allardyce feels that Pedro might never have signed for Chelsea had they not made a poor start to the current campaign.

“As managers we start the season thinking we have almost got what we want,” he said.

Then, with two or three games gone, it looks like you are not where you might be and the window is shutting.

“Panic is the name of the game at this stage of the season. There is a massive panic around every owner’s office, manager’s office and agent’s office.

“Once the window is shut, that’s it.”