Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard Reveals Plans For Jorginho

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Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri moved N’Golo Kante further up the pitch to accommodate Jorginho as the holding midfielder last season.

With Frank Lampard expected to play Kante in his more natural defensive midfield position, many have wondered if Jorginho has a future at Chelsea.

Lampard has admitted he has been impressed by the leadership and bravery of Jorginho since taking over at Stamford Bridge ten days ago.

Jorginho played as the deepest player in Sarri’s 4-3-3 but he has been warned by Lampard that he may be asked to change the way he plays.

Lampard said: “Jorginho is a fantastic player.

“The one thing that has struck me about him from working with him in the last week and a bit is not just his quality on the ball, I saw that last year.

“We know all about his comfort on the ball and bravery to receive the ball in any area. It is not something that’s normal to receive the ball in tight areas and deal with the ball and keep doing it constantly.

“But his attitude in training has been first class. He’s a driver of a session.

“He’s a voice. He runs, he pushes people around him, he drags people up when he doesn’t feel they’re working as much as he might want.

“I’ve loved seeing that. So in terms of first impressions, working with him for 10 days, I can’t ask for any more. I’m delighted to have him.”

Lampard added: “Jorginho became a conversation last year.

“I’ve been there. As a player, sometimes things are out of your control and the conversation carries on very quickly without you.

“He played in one position and the manager had faith in him and it became something that was talked about, possibly too much.

“But I’m a new manager. I have new ideas. We might be more adaptable in the way we play. I might ask different things of Jorginho, of N’Golo Kante, of Ross Barkley – of anybody.

“I’m not stuck in a conversation from last year. I’m looking at a player who has very much impressed me over the last 10 days.”

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