Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Premier League legend rips into Chelsea star after display against United

The holders, Chelsea, were knocked out of the FA Cup by a Manchester United team full of hunger and desire which was lacking in the Blue corner.

Chelsea were booed off after the Blues were shown the door by a resurgent Manchester United. Fans showed their displeasure at the Italian’s substitutions during the fifth-round match. They also joined in when United supporters sang “you’re getting sacked in the morning”. Nothing is going his way currently and one player has been bearing thr brunt alongside his manager. He was once against thrust into the spotlight for all the bad reasons by yet another player turned pundit. And it isn’t a pleasant hearing.

“He’s a huge negative for Chelsea”

Alan Shearer has described Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a ‘negative’ when defending. Singling out Jorginho as Chelsea’s weakness without the ball, Shearer took aim at the 27-year-old’s inability to track runners and spot dangerous opportunities unfolding. “I think Man Utd have been much better than Chelsea,” he told the BBC. “They’ve shown more aggression, they’ve been sharper, they’ve won more tackles, been very powerful.

“When they’ve had to defend they’ve defended. When they’ve attacked they’ve counter-attacked and Chelsea have played right into their hands. Manchester United just picked them off. We highlight the same with Manchester City before the game. You can’t give good players time and space.”

“Jorginho has to spot — it’s a brilliant goal from a Manchester United perspective — but look at it again. He’s had the ball twice and no one has put a tackle in. Take a touch, turn, play a pass. The former Newcastle United man was happy to praise another part of the Italian’s game but came back to the point he sees as an issue in his game.

He went onto add,“ Jorginho is a good passer of the ball and when they have the ball it’s a positive when they don’t have the ball he’s a negative because he doesn’t smell danger. If Kante plays in that position he doesn’t get the ball because he smells the danger and with his pace and his energy he gets around that pitch and in front of that back four much better than when Jorginho is on the pitch. 

“As I said when they’ve got the ball a positive but, Jorginho, when they don’t have the ball is a big negative,” he concluded.

Author’s Take

When Jorginho snubbed Manchester City to reunite with Sarri at Chelsea, big things were expected of him. But it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Italian. If anything he has be regarded the epitome of the current state of affairs at Stamford Bridge. Rather than judging the Italy international on face value, it’s worth looking at his numbers in Serie A to see how they compare.

Chelsea
Data only represents matches played until mid-January (Source: Football Whispers)

There is a clear drop off in all the department which supports the current narrative around the player. If things don’t change and there mood around the club doesn’t lift quickly and eyes will be on Maurizio Sarri and his commander-in-chief on the pitch.

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