Jorginho may have his best opportunity to get back into the team, not only because of N’Golo Kante’s injury but also because it’s against Crystal Palace.
The 3-0 win against Watford was the fifth consecutive game Kante started at the base of the midfield three since the Premier League restart.
Playing every three days, especially the way he plays, has perhaps taken its toll on the France international’s legs.
“Kante he has got a small hamstring injury,” Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told Chelsea’s official website after the game.
“He’ll have a scan tomorrow so we’ll have to see how bad it is but I’m guessing it will be a problem for Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
This could hand an opportunity for Jorginho who has been on the sidelines after serving his two-match Premier League suspension.
The question about reintroducing Jorginho is will he be able to protect the back four considering Lampard has shown a preference for playing a pair of more attacking No.8s in midfield recently?
Mason Mount perfectly described how important Kante has been for the team.
He told the club’s official website: “When you’ve got N’Golo behind you, so solid and covers everywhere, you don’t need to worry too much about getting back and defending because he’s always there. That’s a massive help.
“All me and Ross (Barkley) try and do is link the play up, get in the box and try and score goals and create chances. That’s our job when we’re in the team, and it worked well.”
Fortunately for Jorginho, Crystal Palace would be the ideal opponent for a not-so-defensive regista to flourish.
Toothless Crystal Palace, an ideal opportunity for Jorginho
Although they are relatively safe from relegation, Palace have been among the worst teams in Premier League offensively.
Scoring just 28 goals this season (second-lowest in the league), Roy Hodgson’s men have attempted the fewest shots on target in the league this term (97- FBref).
They have also attempted the third-fewest pressures in their attacking third this season (1009 0r around 30 per game), which would allow Chelsea to build from the back — an ideal scenario for Jorginho.
Lampard could opt for Billy Gilmour instead, of course, but taking into account the teenager’s shaky performances recently, starting Jorginho seems a safer bet.