'Very underrated': Paul Merson claims people don't realise how good £50m Chelsea player actually is

Paul Merson thinks that people don’t realise how good Chelsea’s Jorginho actually is.

Jorginho, 30, is a player that always divides opinion when you ask for general opinions on him.

The £50million midfielder is someone who’s been a key player at Stamford Bridge in recent years, which is why he’s the club vice-captain and only four games short of 200 Chelsea appearances.

He’s exquisite at times in a deep-lying midfield role when it comes to dominating possession and the pace of a game. The Italy international is definitely not the most mobile player, though.

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How good Jorginho is

Merson, who has picked out his current top five best midfielders in the Premier League, put Jorginho third on the list.

Merson told the Sportskeeda: “Jorginho has got flaws like his lack of pace, but he’s very assured on the ball and controls the game from a deeper midfield position. For me, he’s very underrated as people really don’t understand what he brings to the table.

“Chelsea aren’t the same team when he doesn’t play, as his presence allows the likes of Reece James and Marc Cucurella or Ben Chilwell to bomb forward in attack.”

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Jorginho’s got one of the best footballing brains in the Chelsea squad, so is a joy to watch when he’s on his A-game.

The continuous worry with him is when the Blues come up against high energetic midfields with pace, power and aggression.

Hopefully, Jorginho can play some of his best football under Chelsea’s new head coach, Graham Potter.

His combination with teammate Mateo Kovacic, which Pat Nevin loves, can be very eye-catching in the centre of the park.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.