Few Premier League numbers are as divided among fan bases as Chelsea’s Jorginho.
First, he’s the metronome of Maurizio Sarri, the director of ‘Sarri-ball’ – which is a good thing. If all those steps aren’t turned into wins, it’s bad. Then he’s a mainstay in the midfield of Frank Lampard, so maybe he’s good after all. Then he is out of the picture, in the pecking order and bad again.
Good riddance, some say, but then he comes against Crystal Palace, his team 3-2 up for the last 10 minutes, but all at sea. He keeps the ship going, Chelsea wins and hey, maybe this man is good. It is unbreakable and unused, so what’s next for Jorginho?
You probably have your own opinion about the 28-year-old Italian. You might think he’s a pass dealer more sideways than a crab. You might think he’s someone who can make teams tick, a tempo maker.
Regardless, his days at Chelsea can be counted if he can’t convince Lampard to use him anymore. Here, Sports email advocates for and against Jorginho.
Some see Jorginho as a pass merchant, and he was ridiculed last season for a lack of assists
The 28-year-old is divisive at Chelsea and has fallen out of favor with Frank Lampard
He stood up for the 3-2 win over Palace, but young Billy Gilmour, on the right, started the match
The case against Jorginho
Lampard was asked last week about the deeper role of Mason Mount, and his answer unintentionally gave us insight into what he thinks Jorginho can and cannot do.
“I like midfield players who can play, not play all the roles but high, play the game, perform the defensive tasks,” he said.
Mason, Ross (Barkley) can play such a role. (Mateo) Kovacic can. Ruben Loftus-Cheek can. N’Golo Kante can. Billy Gilmour can do it. Jorginho can also … “
Then the caveat came: “But his role in his career was predominantly from a deeper position.”
The Italian star has been criticized for not being creative enough since signing for Chelsea
Lampard is looking for midfield players who offer more than just playing in deep positions
He has placed confidence in attacking midfielders Gilmour and Mason Mount (R) this season
Perhaps that is where the problem lies. Lampard likes midfielders who can contribute to attacks – he was pretty good at that himself, remember – and maybe that’s not Jorginho’s strength.
He was criticized for this under Sarri. Even ridiculed. For example, in 2018-19 he passed 3,119 times the ball with an accuracy of 89.2 percent.
But he didn’t contribute any league assist and only scored twice all season. Opta’s stats say he created 30 chances – an average of less than one per game.
Remarkable, given his mom’s assists for Tammy Abraham against Watford in November, when he found his teammate having a great first time through the ball.
Jorginho has tried to stage it under Lampard – he has four goals (three of the penalties) and two assists in the league in 2019-20.
Jorginho has four goals and two assists this season and is trying to boost his performance
But is that enough? Lampard tells his players privately about ‘getting numbers’. That means contributing to the goal, with the hook or with a crook.
The Chelsea boss even considers Callum Hudson-Odoi’s connection to Burnley as one of his favorite goals this season, because it was an example of that.
Jorginho may have passed ‘Sarri-ball’ where he could earn the praise of his boss for his passes. But maybe he’s not the all-rounder Lampard is really looking for.
His way of playing might fit ex-coach Maurizio Sarri, but Lampard wants an all-rounder
The case for Jorginho
Would Chelsea have picked up all three points in Selhurst Park without Jorginho? Hypothetical, sure, but his introduction calmed a team that yearned for leadership.
There was no rust – just a professional performance from the club’s vice-captain. He grabbed the ball and set a pace that suited the visitors better. He spoke encouraging words (English lessons from the past year have given him a better grip on the language).
There were no signs of sulking or going into its shell, and this is something Chelsea insiders have gone out of their way to point out.
Jorginho has not talked about lack of playing time and he was professional against Crystal Palace
There is no change in the way Jorginho trains during his fall in the pecking order.
He is still superior when it comes to passing exercises from the players. Rarely will you see him as the pig in the middle, because he is not the one to lose it.
Jorginho clearly has value. Lampard knows that, because he used it a lot earlier this season.
Before the restart, Jorginho started 23 of Chelsea’s 29 Premier League games. It helped them finish fourth in one of those coveted places in the Champions League.
Gilmour has jumped forward in Lampard’s mind lately, despite being only 19 years old
Jorginho may be stuck with Chelsea, but he can prove valuable when called into action
However, it has not started once since the restart. Kante has been cast in Jorginho’s favorite No. 6 role and Billy Gilmour has jumped forward in Lampard’s mind.
With Kante and Mateo Kovacic set aside for the trip to Selhurst Park, Lampard preferred to choose 19-year-old Gilmour in midfield – a blow to Jorginho. No wonder there is talk that he wants to leave.
But Joorg Santos, Jorginho’s agent, was recently quoted by telling Italian website Calciomercato: ‘It is very unlikely that Jorginho will be offered because no one can afford to make such an investment in the market right now. to do.’
So Chelsea may be stuck with Jorginho and Jorginho may be stuck with Chelsea. As proved Tuesday evening, it can come in handy – if Lampard uses it.