Forget it Lampard – Chelsea offloading this fantastic 29-year-old star wouldn’t be a wise choice


Why Chelsea would be making a mistake by selling Jorginho

According to Sky Sports (h/t Mirror), Jorginho is set to face the axe at Chelsea as he is among seven players who are set to be offloaded by the club. The Blues want to bring in the likes of Erling Haaland and Declan Rice and are willing to sell a lot of their players to generate funds.

Jorginho is a quality player at the club

The 29-year-old moved to Chelsea in 2018 along with manager Maurizio Sarri. Jorginho struggled in his first season as he looked a bit slow for the fast-paced nature of the Premier League. His form improved over the last season and was one of Frank Lampard’s most trusted players.

He has made over 100 appearances for them to date, scoring 13 and assisting 3 goals (source – Transfermarkt). This season, however, despite starting strongly, he has gone off the radar a bit. Since then, he has been in and out of the team and has often featured in sporadic games.

Jorginho celebrates after scoring (Getty Images)
Jorginho celebrates after scoring (Getty Images)

Chelsea shouldn’t sell Jorginho

Ever since Jorginho arrived at Stamford Bridge, he has been under constant scrutiny. There was a ruckus about him playing as a defensive midfielder instead of Kante. His performances were also showing a lack of confidence.

With the arrival of Frank Lampard, Jorginho started to replicate his Napoli form that prompted Chelsea to sign him in the first place. He has looked assured in passing, holding up the ball and screening his defence.

Yes, he may not be an assured starter right now, but he does remain one of Chelsea’s most influential and effective players. As a regista, he is a very unique player who comes with a gifted range of passing.

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BURNLEY, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Jorginho of Chelsea looks on where a commemorative poppy can be seen on his shirt to mark Armistice Day following the Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on October 31, 2020 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Chelsea simply don’t have anyone in that ilk to replace Jorginho. It is understandable that the club wants to get Declan Rice but that doesn’t mean they should sacrifice a player like Jorginho.

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He has been one of their most consistent performers throughout and even snubbed a move to rivals Arsenal earlier in the season. He adds a sense of calmness to the side and gives them that ability to control the game with ease. Chelsea would be making a huge mistake in letting go of Jorginho.