Chelsea and the EPL have witnessed some wonderful arrivals over time, especially in recent years, but surely, there are names that stand out, even within the very best.
Born, Jorge Luiz Frello Filho, Jorginho is the only big name addition to Chelsea last summer, following the unsavory, but expected departure of Thibaut Courtois to Spain around the same time. Although we also added Spain goalkeeper, Kepa Arizzabalaga in a world record deal of over £70 million, Jorginho was the obvious real game-changer we brought in – and in just 3 games into the season, he has proven a great buy for us.
So far, we have played three high-profile matches in Huddersfield, Arsenal, and Newcastle, and our Brazilian-born Italy international showed up in every one of them. He has bossed the midfield so effortlessly, and it makes one wonder if he’s actually new to this division.
Against Newcastle, Jorginho completed a total of 173 passes, one short of the highest in a Premier League game (174) which was set by Manchester City’s Ikay Gundogan. If that seems like a fluke, perhaps, knowing that he was also top on the passers list in both our previous league openers might help your belief. Even against a resilient Arsenal side that like to keep the ball, Chelsea saw a 66% share of the possession, and it was masterminded by Jorginho in midfield. The stats are indeed interesting for a man who isn’t even that big, but then, it also reminds you why he was a target for the blue side of Manchester, and why they were livid to lose him to Chelsea.
The season is only beginning, but it is very clear that Chelsea may have found the one who would make all the difference for us in the title race this season, and barring any injuries, it won’t be long until Jorginho finds himself amongst the biggest names ever brought in to England’s top division, because he indeed has been worth every penny spent on his purchase.