Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has drawn both applauds and criticisms since his summer move to Stamford Bridge from Napoli last year.
The midfielder has a passing game and tries to dictate the team’s play from deep in midfield which made Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri bring alongside from Napoli when given the job to handle the club.
Jorginho has set a number of passing records since he came to Chelsea, and according to The Sun, the Italian playmaker has now set a new record for the most passes made in one Premier League season without an assist, following Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham on Wednesday.
After Wednesday night’s win against Spurs, Jorginho has made 2,332 passes from his deep-lying midfield position and that’s over 100 more than the next in line, Swansea’s Leon Britton during the 2011-12 campaign. Birmingham’s Barry Ferguson also recorded 2,168 passes during the 2009-10 season.
Despite his record breaking number of passes, Jorginho is yet to record a single assist.
It’s been tough for Jorginho since the game against Tottenham back in November, and the 27-year-old has been targeted time after time by opposing teams.
Jorginho is yet to score from open play or make an assist this season, but Sarri has come to his defence and insisted that it isn’t his role to create goals.
Sarri told the media in February: “It depends what you want from Jorginho. If you want the last pass then he hasn’t adapted.
“He’s able to move the ball but Jorginho usually plays 40 or 45 metres from the opposition goal so it’s impossible for him to do the last pass, Jorginho is very good for another job.”
Jorginho was booed by the Chelsea fans when coming in as a late substitute in the 3-0 win over Malmo, and Sarri spoke afterwards that the fans should rather boo him than the players.
Jorginho has since improved and had a good game against Manchester City and Tottenham.