Frank Lampard has explained that he’s “delighted” with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, despite the fact he’s had a lack of action in the Premier League lately.

Jorginho scored from the penalty spot in midweek during the Champions League group stage fixture against Krasnodar and has started in all six of the club’s European games this season, as they qualified comfortably to the last-16 of the competition.

But the 28-year-old has slipped down the pecking order in terms of the team selection domestically, as he’s not started a Premier League match since 24 October against Manchester United. 

The Italy international is still playing fairly regularly with 14 games across all competitions so far this season, but has a difficult job right now trying to cement a spot in the XI.

He is a defensive midfielder that is most recognised for his control of the ball and the way he can dictate games with his passing range, whereas counterpart and regular league starter N’Golo Kante brings a lot more physical attributes with his all-action style of play.

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Lampard has though reassured his belief in Jorginho when asked about him on Thursday:

“He gives everything, vice-captain of the club, whenever he plays, whenever he trains, how he acts. I’m delighted with him,” Lampard said in his press conference.

Jorginho is likely to be restored to the bench this weekend for the Premier League trip to Everton and will have to be patient waiting for his opportunities. 

He brings a lot of experience to a fairly young group at Stamford Bridge, which is why he’s still a valuable part of the group and is a great stand-in option for Lampard to have when his need to take control of a match. 

There was a time under former boss Maurizio Sarri where he was the first name on the team sheet for him, but he’s now playing a different role.

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