Back in 2019, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand slammed Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a player that offers nothing to Chelsea.
“Jorginho is someone who sets the tempo of the game. You get the ball to him through the middle third of the pitch, he’s very good,” he said two years ago.
“How many assists has he got this season? Around 2,000 passes, no assists. He can’t run. So, he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything at the other end of the pitch.”
However, on Saturday before the game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, Ferdinand gave a fresh verdict on Jorginho.
“He’s [Jorginho] been fantastic, won all there is to win, you can’t discredit that,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“But if he was honest at the time , you go back and rewind and understand the system he was playing in, it didn’t suit him so all of his weak attributes were being exploited because there were big spaces around him.
“But in this system, it very much backs up what he does, it’s much more condensed they’re much more of a unit, he’s actually got confidence to become an important member in this team.
“Hats off to him for his attitude withstanding that criticism, using it as inspiration to come through and do what he’s doing now. I won’t say I was wrong in what I said, at that time that was where he was.”