Chelsea Could End Up Losing This Playmaker To Juventus This Summer: Should Lampard Cash In?

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According to a recent report by TuttoMercatoWeb, Premier League giants Chelsea could end up losing the services of their Italian playmaker Jorginho this summer, with former head coach and current Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri said to be targeting him. The report suggests that the Italian tactician is quite unhappy with the performances of Miralem Pjanic in the Juventus midfield, and is said to be keen on his favourite midfielder Jorginho.

What Attributes Do Jorginho Add To A Team? 

The Italian is essentially a midfield regista, boasting a slightly adjusted skill-set than your regular run of the mill playmaker. Positionally, the former Napoli man likes to sit just in front of the two centre-halves and dictate the tempo and intensity of the game with his passing and movement.

Adept at receiving the ball from the back and playing a good forward ball, it’s safe to say that the midfielder would be a good addition to any team looking to gain a little more grip in the middle of the park.

Having more recently added assists and key passes to his game as well, the Italian could have a more influential role to play in the seasons to come. There are a couple of downsides to his game, in that the playmaker isn’t a very good defender. Despite playing in what is probably one of the more defensive positions in the squad, the Italian’s ability to track back is questionable. Seriously lacking in speed and strength as well, there have been some Premier League fixtures where he’s looked completely off the pace, owing to the sheer intensity and physicality.

Chelsea’s English head coach Frank Lampard and Chelsea’s Italian midfielder Jorginho (R) react to their defeat on the pitch after the UEFA Champion’s League round of 16 first leg football match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge in London on February 25, 2020. – Bayern won the game 3-0. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Is Jorginho’s Legacy At Stamford Bridge? 

One of the few things that Sarri actually brought to West London from Naples – Jorginho’s start to life in London wasn’t a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination. The fans weren’t able to appreciate the efforts that he was putting in towards the cause, as his performances were somewhat underwhelming, to begin with as well. Despite slowly getting used to the role, the Italian never really won over the hearts of the Chelsea fans last season.

This time around though, Frank Lampard’s intervention certainly forced the Italian to up his game in an attempt to keep his place in the side. Despite the aforementioned lack of pace, the former Napoli man did well to improve his general skill-set, while also becoming more accustomed to the sheer energy of the English game.

The midfielder has played in 26 league fixtures for the Blues this season and has a decent return of four goals and two assists. Moreover, the Blues’ Europa League title win last season was the biggest accolade of his career so far.

Should Chelsea Cash In On Jorginho This Summer? 

The Blues boast one of the best rosters of midfielders in the entire continent, and that’s why Jorginho’s departure probably wouldn’t have too much of a negative impact on them. In Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante, the London club already possess a wide variety of midfielders, who can collectively perform any task better than the Italian. As reported by the BBC, the playmaker was acquired from Napoli for a fee in the region of £50m, and that’s why the Blues will do well to sell him for any value higher than that this summer.

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