One player had been Sarri’s poster boy when he was signed to Chelsea from Napoli in the summer window of 2018. Jorginho had been signed in a move that saw the deep-lying midfielder reconnect with his former Napoli boss at Chelsea.
Even though being called Sarri’s golden boy didn’t sit well with Jorginho at the time, a lot of expectation had been on the Italian footballer, especially from the fans, considering how much the club paid to see him become a Blue.
This and many other things will explain why a few months later, patience has started to run out when he wasn’t performing at his best. For one, I felt disappointed with his performance because I expected a beast in the midfield but kept seeing a tamed tiger instead.
Just within a season at Chelsea, Jorginho started to become a scapegoat as Sarri’s hold on the Chelsea team started to fall apart. SarriBall had been a thing and many fans pointed fingers to Jorginho being what was wrong with it.
We saw how Sarri came in to defend the midfielder a couple of times too, especially during Chelsea’s Europa League round of 32 match against Malmo in February. The matched ended in 3-0 to give Chelsea a 5-1 win but it was a bit surprising to see a section of the field boo Jorginho when he came in that night.
For some of us, we saw a talented footballer who had no future at Chelsea until Frank Lampard took over and we started to see a totally different Jorginho. He is now confident with his passes and takes more risks than the Jorginho who played safe under Sarri.
We are only just into November and he might just have gotten himself one of the finest assists in the Premier League this season.
Jorginho showed something special against Watford when he made an incredible pass from just ahead of the half-way line, right into the path of Tammy Abraham, setting the forward up for a chance to loft the ball over Ben Foster and give Chelsea the early lead in the match.
At first, it might have not looked like that much of a big deal until we settled down to check it again and saw what a beautiful sight it was. Jorginho had beautifully avoided Abdoulaye Doucouré who was closing down on him and also made sure the pass was perfect enough to give Tammy Abraham the chance to reach it before Ben Foster did. And he did all these things without touching the ball first.
It’s the latest and perhaps the most memorable of a long line of standout moments for the 27-year-old. He’s pulling the strings for an inexperienced Chelsea side while stepping up defensively in the absence of N’Golo Kanté.
It’s safe to say we are starting to see the value of the former Napoli man and appreciate him for the gem he is. This had not been so some months ago and it’s a good thing to see the Italian international go from scapegoat to fan favourite or rather, from villain to hero, in such a short time.
Sarri had seen a talent in Jorginho and made sure to bring him to Chelsea. Unlike him, we didn’t see it and him defending the Italian midfielder felt like a sort of promise saying ‘I’ll give you all a gem in the midfield’ and seeing how Jorginho has turned out seems like we got the midfielder that was promised.