Chelsea signed Jorginho from Napoli in the summer transfer window at the expense of Manchester City. It was reported during the transaction period that Pep Guardiola had already reached an agreement with the player over a possible switch to the Etihad stadium.
Maurizio Sarri surprisingly blocked the move from materializing as he lured the Italian to Stamford Bridge, thanks to the wonderful relationship he shares with the player.
Seven months after his shock move to Stamford Bridge, Jorginho has neither failed nor succeeded under Sarri but his performances are yet to live up to expectations.
In his early days in the Premier League Jorginho wasn’t only impressive, he was equally the engine room of the club. His show of strong physical abilities at the middle of the pitch was hugely impressive than a player in his debut season in England.
All of a sudden, the spark, the enthusiasm and athleticism reduced drastically to is current form where he can hardly create a goalscoring opportunity nor provide strong shield for his defenders.
Just as every of his teammates, Jorginho’s recent performances have left so much to be desired and that need to be addressed by Sarri as quick as possible.
Looking at Sarri’s midfield setup, one would agree that Jorginho’s problem could be traced to his partners at the middle of the pitch and the tactics deployed by Maurizio Sarri.
Knowing well that the Italian is a box-to-box midfielder who is very good in holding onto the ball for a long time to create space, Sarri isn’t expected to deploy Jorginho in a fixed defensive role.
Instead, Jorginho’s attacking instincts and efficiency are being jeopardized by his compatriot who want to see him play in an unfamiliar position, while, N’Golo Kante continues to struggle the same fate in advanced midfield position.
Kante, who was arguably the best Chelsea defensive midfielder throughout last season, was pushed upfront as he was charged by Sarri to provide many chances for the strikers.
The France World Cup winner has constantly failed to accomplish the mission because the Frenchman doesn’t possess what it takes to successfully operate as a playmaker and that’s isn’t going to change soon not even in the 2019-2020 season.
For Chelsea fans to see Jorginho return to his best before the end of this season or before the start of next campaign, Sarri might need to give the 27-year-old the freedom to feature as a central midfielder where he would showcase his attacking abilities, likewise his defensive qualities.
Kante should also return back to his usual defensive role while a summer move for Roma’s 21-year-old attacking midfielder Cengiz Under in the summer will be a welcome development as the youngster will feature as an undisputed playmaker for the West London outfits.