Jorginho was given the mock name of ‘Sarri’s son’ last season amongst a group of Chelsea fans when they turned on the manager. A mid season bad run of form saw Maurizio Sarri lose the support of a portion of the Stamford Bridge crowd last season and Jorginho was booed as Sarri was unwilling to drop him despite the midfielder also having a waive in form.
Although Jorginho has plenty of fans such as me in this fan base, there are still those who want him to leave because of his connections to Sarri or they simply don’t rate him. However, manager Frank Lampard has spoken out in appreciation of Jorginho which will hopefully result in some of the doubters giving him a second chance.
“Jorginho is a fantastic player” Said Lampard
“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 even related to the relationship Jorginho has with some Chelsea fans by recalling his early days as a footballer.
“I’ve been there. As a player, sometimes things are out of your control and the conversation carries on very quickly without you.“
On Jorginho’s role on the pitch Lampard exclaimed:
“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.”
After reading these quotes I am extremely delighted with Lampard as it shows he is supporting players who need it and trying to get the fans on their side. These comments also show Lampard sees the Italian as a possible leader so there is a chance he could be an on pitch captain if Azpilicueta or David Luiz aren’t playing. Your manager backs him so why shouldn’t you? Give the man another chance and let him prove how good he really is.
Lampard interview via the Express
Article by Joe Martin