Paul Merson says England need a player like £110k-a-week Chelsea man

Paul Merson says England 'need to find' a player that's like £110k-a-week Chelsea ace

Paul Merson has claimed that England need a player in the same mould as Chelsea star Jorginho at next year’s World Cup.

Jorginho, 29, is a midfield maestro that has become a vital player in Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side. Likewise, he’s equally as effective when representing Italy on the international stage. 

He’s a deep-lying playmaker that can dictate possession at the base of a midfield, as well as break up counter-attacks.

His Italy team still need to navigate the play-offs to reach next year’s World Cup in Qatar, but Gareth Southgate’s England have already qualified for the major tournament. 

Merson has suggested that the Three Lions would love a player similar to Jorginho to call upon.

Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips is probably the closest thing England have to Chelsea’s star, but he doesn’t possess the same kind of experience and know-how.

“England need to find a Jorginho type midfielder to win in Qatar,” Merson wrote.

“We like to play at a high tempo – but it’s going to be so hot there we’re going to have to keep the ball. It will suit teams like Spain who take their time.

“We don’t pass teams to death and we don’t have a midfielder who can run games with his passing. We need to find one.”

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Chelsea shouldn’t take Jorginho for granted

Jorginho isn’t always the most pleasing player on the eye. However, you can really notice it sometimes when he doesn’t play.

There are so many teams that would love to have a player like him, someone who’s capable of receiving possession in tight spaces and has the vision to spray exquisite passes. 

Pat Nevin raved about a performance from £110,000-a-week man Jorginho back in October against Newcastle United and it would be great to see him return from the international break in the same kind of form. 

Chelsea’s first task is this afternoon away to Leicester City in the Premier League. It could be a big match for Jorginho against an opposition that will try play with high intensity in front of their supporters at the King Power Stadium.

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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.