Frank Lampard has spoken of how impressed he’s been with Jorginho since becoming Chelsea manager.
Jorginho became the subject of fan discontent last season at Stamford Bridge but could play a big part under the new boss who has praised his attitude.
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- Jorginho was signed by Maurizio Sarri for £57m from Napoli last summer.
- The Brazilian-born Italy international struggled to impress in 2018/19.
- He played 37 times in the Premier League scoring twice.
- He was booed by Chelsea fans during the club’s Europa League campaign in February.
- The player has impressed Frank Lampard in training and could be used in a different role.
Jorginho was much talked about last season due to Sarri’s insistence in playing the 17-time capped Italian international. This frustrated Chelsea supporters leading to the player receiving a tonne of criticism but Lampard has been impressed with the player since taking charge at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s not only his quality on the ball,” Lampard told the Daily Mail. “We know all about that from last year, his comfort on the ball and the bravery he shows.
“It’s not normal to receive the ball in tight areas and to deal with it – and to keep doing it constantly. His attitude in training has also been first class. He’s a driver of a session. He’s a voice.
“He runs, he pushes people around him, he drags people up when he doesn’t feel they’re working as much as he might want – and I’ve loved seeing that. So in terms of first impressions, working with him for 10 days, I can’t ask for any more. I’m delighted to have him.”
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Lampard to mix it up at Chelsea
Lampard wants to stamp his own authority on the squad this season and with the club unable to sign players due to a transfer embargo he is willing to experiment with those at his disposal.
“Jorginho became quite a conversation last year,” he added. “I’ve been there. As a player, sometimes things are out of your control and the conversation carries on very quickly without you.
“He played in one position and the manager had faith in him and it became something that was talked about, possibly too much, but I’m a new manager. I have some new ideas. We might be more adaptable in the way we play.
“I might ask different things of Jorginho or Kante or Ross Barkley or anybody in the team. That’s how I want to be. I’m not stuck in a conversation from last year. I’m actually looking at a player who has very much impressed me over the last 10 days and I’m very pleased to have him as part of the squad.”
His first game in the Premier League will be away at Old Trafford on 11 August with Chelsea taking on Manchester United.