Rio Ferdinand questions why Chelsea FC signed Jorginho

The Man United legend slams Chelsea FC summer signing Jorginho after his inept performance in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand has slammed summer signing Jorginho after Chelsea FC’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday evening.

The Blues signed Jorginho in a £57m deal from Italian giants Napoli in the summer transfer window following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement at Stamford Bridge.

The Italy international was a key part of Sarri’s side during his stint in charge of Napoli as the playmaker helped the Naples outfit to challenge defending champions Juventus in the 2017-18 title race.

Sarri has used Jorginho in a holding midfield role following his big-money arrival at Stamford Bridge and has started N’Golo Kante in a more advanced position in the Chelsea FC team in the current campaign.

While Jorginho has impressed for the majority of Chelsea FC’s games this term, the Italian star was badly exposed in their 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in November.

The Brazilian-born midfielder was humiliated once again on Saturday evening when Arsenal managed to find space behind Jorginho and secure a 2-0 win against the fourth-placed team at The Emirates.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand is unsure what Jorginho brings to the Chelsea FC team.

“Jorginho’s someone who sets the tempo of a game,” Ferdinand told The Sun.

“You get the ball into him through the middle third of the pitch, he’s very good.

“[But] How many assists has he got this season? Around 2,000 passes, no assists.

“He’s not a great defender. Once a game gets like this against the big teams, he gets overrun in midfield.

“He can’t run. So he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything up the other end of the pitch.”

The Blues slumped to their fourth defeat of the Premier League season to allow Arsenal and Manchester United to close the gap on the west London side.

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