There were rightfully questions asked about Jorginho’s role going forward when Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea. After all, Jorginho had never really been the player he is known to be without Sarri as his manager. Frank Lampard’s arrival brought his position into doubt but proved his critics wrong with Frank Lampard naming Jorginho him as his Vice Captain, but, that did not last throughout the entire season.
The 28-year-old has featured in both of Chelsea’s opening Premier League fixtures, scoring a penalty away at Brighton and missing one against champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Go back to last season, Jorginho was an indispensable part of Chelsea’s midfield: he started 26 of 29 Premier League matches, spending 2,014 minutes on the pitch. Of the three games he didn’t feature, two were due to suspension.
After the restart, however, Kante – one of the finest defensive midfielders in the world was moved back to his favoured screening role to provide some support to a perpetually vulnerable defence.
Jorginho – with his excellent passing ability and desire to dictate play from deep, but lacking in speed and power – simply does not fit into the current system.
Juventus were previously interested in buying Jorginho, however, with the sacking of Maurizio Sarri and appointment of Andrea Pirlo, it looks like Jorginho won’t be moving out of Chelsea this summer.
N’Golo Kante, when fit, should get the nod in the defensive midfield position and there are no two ways about it. But, the competition would be between Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic to fill the other spot. However, Lampard has looked to play mostly on the front foot with some quick incisive football and might prefer Mateo Kovacic in his first team.
Kante’s movements, covering a larger area of the pitch – albeit in a more attacking role for large parts of the season – the Frenchman provides a more flexible option than Jorginho. He has also, apparently, worked out how to foul better than the Italian midfielder. Despite committing 45 fouls this season compared to Jorginho’s 25, Kante had just four yellow cards while Jorginho was shown 10 yellow cards – the joint-most in the Premier League.
This also speaks for Kante’s defensive strength over Jorginho, with the Frenchman better equipped to stop opposition attacks when they break, while his teammate is often caught out. What happens next season, for now, only Lampard knows. But the Chelsea manager has plenty of food for thought with Kai Havertz coming in and getting off the mark with a hat-trick in Chelsea’s midweek thrashing against Championship side Barnsley.