‘Set piece weapon’: Chelsea could have a new free-kick and corner taker next season – journalist
Journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed Chelsea’s Jorginho could see his set piece duties increase going into next season.
The Brazilian-turned-Italian has been a permanent fixture for penalties at Stamford Bridge since Eden Hazard’s departure in 2019, achieving a lot of success with his unique style.
However, this has not translated to free-kick and corner duties up until now, with Mason Mount, Reece James and Hakim Ziyech frequently taking on those responsibilities when they play.
The Blues scored once from free-kicks last season, with it actually being Marcos Alonso who found the net on the opening day of the season against Crystal Palace.
With the club sure to look to add goals from these scenarios, Jacobs told @CFCPys’s Twitter Space earlier today that they may look to Jorginho to take over responsibilities next season.
With the club adding Raheem Sterling, one of the most fouled players in the country, the increase in opportunities around the box is expected, so a rise in quality is required to make the most of these opportunities.
Jorginho tipped for corners and free-kicks
With that being said, Mount’s delivery from dead balls has been praised multiple times, with him providing a host of assists from set pieces in his three seasons as a Chelsea regular starter.
It would feel counter-intuitive to remove Mount of these duties now, especially when it appears Alonso, one of his biggest competitors for them, is rumoured to be leaving the club.
Jorginho’s future is also far from safe at the moment, with the player himself admitting that he was unsure where he was to play his football next season. With a hungry Conor Gallagher eager to earn minutes in the Chelsea midfield, it might not be long before the Italy international is considering a move away from England.
With that being said, based on pure on-the-pitch technique, there is nothing to suggest the 30-year-old would be a downgrade on the quality required to take on those responsibilities.