Jorginho is one of the most criticised players in the Premier League this season. The 27-year-old moved to Chelsea from Napoli during the summer, as Maurizio Sarri insisted on bringing his trusted ally with him from the Serie A.
Jorginho is central to Sarri’s style of play and was Sarri’s playmaker during his successful time in the Serie A with Napoli. However, the 27-year-old’s time in the Premier League so far hasn’t gone according to scripts.
Jorginho started the season playing really well and dictating play in midfield, but his luck ran out against Tottenham as Spurs defeated Chelsea 3-1 back in November. Jorginho has been struggling since that game and has been put under pressure by fans and pundits.
Jorginho was booed by his own fans when coming on as a substitute in the Europa League game against Malmo. The Italian seemed to put a smile back on the faces of the Chelsea fans on Sunday with an assured display and also scored the winner in an important win against Fulham.
Blues legend Pat Nevin is happy with Jorginho for replying his critics with his recent performances and is also happy with the competition for that spot as Sarri can also call on Mateo Kovacic to play the role.
He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Even so, none of these was my favourite moment of the week at Chelsea. When any player is being hounded in the press and from the stands, mostly by opposition fans, I just love to see him getting some pay back.
“So even though I could go on about Kepa at this point, I will not because I am thinking purely of Jorginho. Everything that he is supposedly incapable of doing for Chelsea he did against Fulham.
“His Kante-like recovery of the ball in the lead-up to the goal was excellent obviously, but the finish itself was exquisite. Many a paragraph ended up heading for the trash icon at that point. Tackling and finishing in one move!
“His energy has been quite incredible this week and his substitution after 68 minutes was no surprise considering his high-octane offerings in the past eight days. It was actually quite funny that Kepa played a blinder as well and Jorginho scored the winner after so much pressure had been heaped on each of their shoulders. Maybe that is the answer, more pressure and immediately the strong characters will react to it!”
Despite the boos, Nevin has assured Jorginho that Chelsea fans will continue to back as long his performances are okay.
He wrote: “What he will know is that the Chelsea fans will be ready and willing to back him totally, if and when he gets back on his ‘A’ game week in week out. He will also know that Mateo Kovacic is now a trusted understudy in that position.
“There are very few players who can control the tempo of a game from that deep-lying area and both of them can in the right circumstances.”