Jorginho scored a sweet strike from just outside the box that fired Chelsea back in front at Craven Cottage on Sunday after Calum Chambers had cancelled out Gonzalo Higuain’s opener.
The former Napoli man had come under fire for failing to get an assist for Chelsea and also score from open play, with his previous goal only from the penalty spot.
Although Jorginho’s excellent goal and performance against Fulham might serve as a perfect response to his critics, former Liverpool midfielder and football pundit Graeme Souness bemoaned the Italian’s lack of goals and thinks the 27-year-old needs to score more.
He said: “Superb. Jorginho is full of technique. I’m slightly critical he doesn’t get goals.
“He doesn’t go in there and hurt teams. That’s quality of a finish. He knew exactly where he was on the pitch.”
Jorginho is seen as central to Sarri’s style of play, and he started out well at Chelsea helping the Blues to dominate and win games by dictating play from the middle of the park.
However, after a poor run form, Jorginho was booed by his own fans when coming on as a substitute against Malmo.
Before the game against Fulham, Jorginho vowed to win back the hearts of Chelsea fans, and he just might have done so with his brilliant goal.
“Of course, in this day and age everything reaches you quickly,” he told ESPN Brasil when asked whether he had heard the jeers at the time. “With technology everything is very fast.
“The important thing is to know how to deal with the situation. I remained calm because I know this is what fans are like, if you’re not winning they will complain and they have the right to do so.
“But I always stay focused and keep working. And I’m sure I’ll be able to show what I’m capable of and make them change their minds.”