This time last year, speculation about Jorginho’s future was ramping up noticeably, with the midfielder hardly featuring for Frank Lampard during last season’s Project Restart. And while his playing time improved eventually, he still only appeared 11 times (9 starts) in the first half of this Premier League season.
But then Thomas Tuchel came in, and Jorginho became one of our ever-presents yet again — both because of his skills but also because unlike N’Golo Kanté or Mateo Kovačić, he managed to stay injury-free just as he’s done throughout his career thus far. (Jorginho’s record in that regard is actually ridiculously impressive, especially for someone who generally plays a lot of minutes).
Jorginho’s ever-talkative agent has admitted that the change in coaches has brought some good fortune to the 29-year-old’s career.
“Every coach makes his own choices, they are all different. Lampard is a Chelsea legend, he has his view, but maybe Jorginho’s characteristics were not the best ones for him.
“Then you know, football is about results. Jorginho and [N’Golo] Kanté are playing really well now. They won the Champions League this season and to me they form the best midfield partnership in Europe right now.”
N’Golo and Kanté certainly do form the best midfield partnership in Europe right now, and we’re all reaping the benefits of that.
And if Jorginho has his way, he will continue to do so as well.
“Yes, he has two years left in his contract. Chelsea have many targets for 2021-22. The Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, the European Super Cup, so we are planning to stay there.”
-João Santos; source: Football Italia
Jorginho’s set to be a key player for Italy as well in the upcoming European Championships.