The arrival of Jorginho to Chelsea was met with a muted reception from fans.
Primarily due to his metronomic style of play, fans weren’t over-awed by the Italians arrival.
But after five games of the season, their opinions of Jorginho have rapidly changed.
A vital cog for Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, he has dictated the tempo of the game from a deep position for Chelsea so far.
And he took that to a new level on Sunday during the Blues’ 0-0 draw with West Ham where he set a new Premier League record for attempted passes in a game with 180.
180 – Chelsea midfielder Jorginho attempted 180 passes against West Ham – since 2003-04, this is the most by a player in a single Premier League match. Metronome. pic.twitter.com/3jwxjMlhkU
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Jorginho has an important role in the team, but the type of passes he was making on Sunday stifled Chelsea.
In a game where Chelsea lacked attacking tempo, they needed him to pass forward more often.
West Ham set up with a deep defence and lots of bodies tightly packed and, as a result, Chelsea struggled.
Too many of his 180 attempted passes were either too short or backwards which slowed Chelsea’s build-up.
Against big teams who play open football, this is a fantastic tactic.
But against the smaller teams who are set up to defend, Jorginho must be more aggressive.
Whilst his passing percentage will drop, a more forward-thinking approach from a deep position would help Chelsea break down defensive teams.