'Complacent': TalkSPORT pundit claims Chelsea player is getting far too overconfident now

Gabby Agbonlahor suggested that Jorginho was too lackadaisical for Chelsea during their Premier League defeat to West Ham United last weekend.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor attacked the midfielder’s contribution towards his side’s 3-2 downfall in the capital on Saturday.

Not his finest hour

Jorginho did play a big part in one of the goals, but not at the desired end.

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 It was his under-hit back pass that put Edouard Mendy in a dangerous situation, that eventually lead to the goalkeeper conceding a penalty against Jarrod Bowen.


That handed the Hammers their route back into the match, following Thiago Silva’s earlier header.

David Moyes’ men turned the tie around from that point, despite going behind again thanks to a delightful Mason Mount volley.

A Bowen brace and Arthur Masuaku’s strange strike ensured a West Ham win at the London Stadium.

Chelsea’s lead at the top of the league fell away, as did Jorginho’s concentration for the home side’s equaliser.   

“Jorginho, I don’t know how he could be in the Ballon d’Or running. He gave away that goal and it’s just his complacency,” said Agbonlahor, referencing the Italian’s third-place finish at the recent award ceremony.

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“Chelsea have got a bit comfortable in the way they’ve been playing.

“To just receive the ball where he did, short pass to Mendy and put the goalkeeper in trouble and then Mendy will get the blame.

“Jorginho was also at fault for the (Jadon) Sancho goal at Manchester United, I think he’s getting a bit too complacent back there.”

Big blunders

That is now two errors in as many appearances for the Italy international.

He gifted Manchester United’s opener after failing to control a clearance that got lost in the Stamford Bridge lights.

Mistakes are not something Chelsea supporters are accustomed to seeing from their number five.

So often the coolest customer on the field, Jorginho has shown he is human after all.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.