Frank Leboeuf says Chelsea star has "big character"

'Has a big character': Frank Leboeuf explains why he admires £50m Chelsea player

Frank Leboeuf has said he’s a big admirer of Chelsea star Jorginho, explaining he loves the character he’s shown when it comes to taking penalties.

Jorginho scored two more penalties on Boxing Day in his side’s 3-1 Premier League win away to Aston Villa. He’s now broke the record for most Premier League penalty goals scored in a calendar year (10).

The £50million midfielder has a unique style where he tries to wait for a movement from the goalkeeper before striking the ball, something which looks poor when it backfires.

However, the 30-year-old is extremely confident from the spot.

He’s missed some high-profile penalties recently for his country Italy, including one against Switzerland which played a part in them entering the World Cup play-offs. Also, he missed a spot-kick in the European Championship final against England which Italy eventually won.

Leboeuf is a big fan of Chelsea’s specialist penalty taker, though:

“I admire him because he’s an expert,” he told ESPN.

“He bounced back after what happened to him during the qualification for the World Cup and he’s an expert… He has a big character.”

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Romelu Lukaku, who’s a “massive” player for Chelsea, was back among the goals on Sunday.

He’s now scored six goals in all competitions this season, making him the third highest goalscorer for the Blues this season.

Jorginho (9) and Mason Mount (7) are the only two Chelsea players to score more.

It’s very much a group effort right now when it comes to goalscoring, but it may take one or two individuals to really step up to get the club over the line for silverware this season.

There shouldn’t really be a position where Jorginho’s leading the way for goalscoring, even if Chelsea are winning a lot of penalties.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.