Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has spoken up on the role of Midfielder Jorginho at the club.
Jorginho’s place in the team was a subject of debate last season, with his position meaning that World Cup winner, N’Golo Kante, was often forced to play a role in a wider area of the pitch, but Lampard has hinted that things could change under his leadership.
Former manager, Maurizio Sarri’s decision to play Jorginho as a defensive midfielder and Kante as a winger did not go down well with most Chelsea fans.
Lampard took over from Sarri at the start of the month and has taken charge of two pre-season friendlies.
“Jorginho became a conversation last year,” Lampard told the Express.
“I’ve been there. As a player, sometimes things are out of your control and the conversation carries on very quickly without you.
“He played in one position and the manager had faith in him and it became something that was talked about, possibly too much.
“But I’m a new manager. I have new ideas. We might be more adaptable in the way we play. I might ask different things of Jorginho, of N’Golo Kante, of Ross Barkley – of anybody.
“I’m not stuck in a conversation from last year. I’m looking at a player who has very much impressed me over the last 10 days.
“Jorginho is a fantastic player.
“The one thing that has struck me about him from working with him in the last week and a bit is not just his quality on the ball, I saw that last year.
“We know all about his comfort on the ball and bravery to receive the ball in any area. It is not something that’s normal to receive the ball in tight areas and deal with the ball and keep doing it constantly.
“But his attitude in training has been first class. He’s a driver of a session.
“He’s a voice. He runs, he pushes people around him, he drags people up when he doesn’t feel they’re working as much as he might want.
“I’ve loved seeing that. So in terms of first impressions, working with him for 10 days, I can’t ask for any more. I’m delighted to have him.”