When Chelsea signed Jorginho from Napoli last summer for a hefty £57 million, everyone assumed it would incorporate with previous Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s style of play. Jorginho is seen as the architect to ‘Sarri Ball’ and at times during last season, he showed just that.
However, some Chelsea fans weren’t all convinced with the purchase as there were times when they booed him during games. An incident where Jorginho was bought on as a substitute in the Europa League against Malmo and the Chelsea fans showed that they weren’t impressed with the Italian being at the club.
At the end of the season, Chelsea finished third in the League table and won the Europa League. They defeated London rivals Arsenal 4-1 in what was a convincing win in Baku. Most would say that winning a trophy and finishing third is a success for Sarri in his first season and even for Jorginho in his first season at the club. But, as much as Sarri would have loved to implement his philosophy ‘Sarri Ball’ for a few more seasons at Stamford Bridge, he was tempted with the Juventus job. Managing the best club in Italy was an offer Sarri couldn’t refuse and left Chelsea without a manager.
Revitalised under new management
Along comes Chelsea legend Frank Lampard to the Chelsea dug-out after a successful first season in management. He enjoyed a successful season at Derby County but wasn’t able to win promotion as they fell short at Wembley in a play-off final defeat to Aston Villa.
The Chelsea board saw Lampard’s credentials and moved swiftly in appointing the Chelsea legend. For Jorginho, the new manager has been a breath of fresh air as the Chelsea faithful have gone from booing to cheering his name in recent matches. Lampard has already said how vital he is to the Chelsea team and has proven to be a key player.
The Chelsea boss hasn’t continued the ‘Sarri Ball’ football that was used last season by his predecessor but still wants to use Jorginho as the anchor in midfield. His job has been made a lot easier with N’Golo Kante moving a little deeper into a double pivot alongside him in the middle of midfield. Most people would agree that Jorginho isn’t the best at defending. But having Kante alongside him enables the Italian to play at his best which is playing passes between the lines and dictating the tempo of the match.
A leader in the making
Recently Lampard has selected Jorginho as the Chelsea vice-captain which is down to his leadership qualities on the pitch. During matches, the Italian is always telling the defensive line when to drop so that he can fill in the space to receive the ball. He also does the same in attack and so far this season he advises the players that are in front of him when to press the opposition.
The 27-year-old seems to have won over the Chelsea faithful who began to scrutinise him since the back end of last season. He is a certain starter in Lampard’s side as he has shown so far this season how vital he is at the football club.