Chelsea managed to bounce back from their 2-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal with wins against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup with Maurizio Sarri’s side seemingly rediscovering their early-season form.
Going forward, though, doubts still remain when it comes to this Chelsea team with Jorginho, for example, continuing to come under scrutiny for his performances at the base of the Blues’ midfield in what is becoming one of the stories of the campaign.
Jorginho, who joined Chelsea from Napoli alongside Sarri last summer, is not the strongest of midfielders defensively, giving many the impression that N’Golo Kante should be the one fulfilling the 27-year-old’s role.
With Kante yet to play there under Sarri, it remains to be seen whether the Frenchman can actually carry out the responsibilities his manager has set for whoever is playing in that position.
Whatever the case, it does not change the fact that the heavy criticism Jorginho has got in recent weeks has been over the top and, often, lacked any validity.
Dubbed as a sideways pass merchant, statistics show that Jorginho is actually far from that. As sourced by the Daily Mail’s Kieran Gill, out of the 2,077 passes the Brazilian-born Italy international has made in the Premier League this season, over 500 have been into forwards such as Eden Hazard and Willian, while half of those were balls played into the final third.
On top of that, Jorginho has also completed 16 through balls, a number which is only topped by the 33 made by team-mate David Luiz (via Premier League).
If the above numbers suggest that Jorginho is a sideways pass merchant, then there are few midfielders in the country who can actually claim they are more than that.
And even if the former Napoli man was only capable of playing easy and simple passes, will switching him with Kante really solve any of Chelsea’s problems?