Ross Barkley has suggested that teammate Jorginho is one Chelsea player that is always looking to pass the ball forward.
Barkley, 27, is a Blues attacking midfielder who’s providing strong competition within the squad this season at Stamford Bridge.
In contrast, Jorginho has to be one of the first players Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel thinks of when selecting his starting XI each game. He’s played in 17 of the club’s 20 matches so far this season.
Jorginho, who cost Chelsea £50million over three years ago from Napoli, is so effective in Tuchel’s system.
The 29-year-old plays as the deeper operator in a two-man midfield pivot, with N’Golo Kante often his partner that takes on a more box-to-box role.
Barkley has given praise to Chelsea’s central midfielder Jorginho by claiming his first thought is always to pass forward.
“You’re trying to get into that space to turn, so I’m scanning constantly to see where the pockets are. And with the likes of Jorginho playing, he’s always going to try and thread that ball into the space, so that’s the stuff we worked on,” Barkley said.
Jorginho still brilliant for Chelsea
If you’ve not been watching Chelsea this season, first of all, where have you been?
Jokes aside, neutral supporters may have heard all the great things that the likes of Reece James and Edouard Mendy are doing. However, Jorginho is yet again flying under the radar.
The fact he’s nominated for so many individual awards proves he’s receiving the merit he deserves for his performance in the 2020/21 season, along with his role in Italy winning the Euros in the summer.
It must be stressed that Jorginho continues to be vital for Chelsea, though.
He’s not showing any signs of slowing down and is in the best XI at the Bridge.
More to come
For Jorginho, he should feel he’s got so many more years at the top.
He’s worked hard to get respect and his job now is to keep performing at dizzy heights.
His game has never been about pace and athleticism. Instead, he’s got one of the best footballing brains in the game and he’s capable of dictating possession.
Barkley raises a great point that the Italian playmaker does try pass forward and he so often starts attacks with a pass the breaks the line.
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