'I'm not a great fan': ESPN pundit says Chelsea need to replace their £50m player, he's not good enough defensively

ESPN pundit Stewart Robson has claimed on their official YouTube channel that Chelsea need to replace Jorginho if they’re to compete for the Premier League this season.

The Blues threatened a title charge last season, before their season tailed off and they ended up a long way off Manchester City and Liverpool in third.

The 30-year-old was a near-ever present in the Blues’ team last season, continuing his impressive record since signing for the club for £50m in 2018.

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Thomas Tuchel has attempted to close the gap already before the season begins, securing the signings of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

While they continue to be linked with defensive reinforcements, Robson has claimed they should be looking to strengthen in midfield, particularly in Jorginho’s role, if they are to be up there this season.

He said: “What do I think they need? Is sterling the right sort of signing? It’s another wide player, they’ve got a lot of wide players that can all do similar sorts of things. I think they want a top quality midfield player.

Robson says Chelsea need to replace Jorginho

“I’m not a great fan of Jorginho. I think he can keep hold off the ball, but defensively I think he’s poor, and I would like to see somebody that’s a much better defensive player, because Kante now plays that little bit further forward, so that’s the position I think Chelsea can improve in.”

It’s not the first time the Italy international has been criticised for his role in the Chelsea squad, with him polarizing supporters ever since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

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The Blues may need to tap into the market for a midfielder soon, however it’s not because they feel Jorginho is inadequate.

The Brazilian-turned-Italian has publicly stated that he is unsure of where his future lies, with links failing to go away on a return to Serie A.

It is unlikely they will add a midfielder this summer, especially given Liverpool’s reported increased interest in Matheus Nunes. Supporters will also be far more hopeful for another centre-back addition before the season begins.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.