Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has revealed the options available to him when it comes to adding depth in Jorginho’s position.
Speaking after his side’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town, the Italian considered the merits of Ethan Ampadu and Mateo Kovacic as options to take on the responsibilities of Cesc Fabregas following the Spaniard’s move to Monaco in the January transfer window.
His departure has left the former Napoli boss with a dilemma. The 60-year-old had called on the Blues to go into the market to sign a replacement to the playmaker only for Leandro Paredes to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Nicolo Barella ended up staying at Cagliari and was even linked with a shock switch to Manchester United.
Given the lack of movement in the transfer window, Sarri will now look for solutions within his existing squad of players, and two have stood out to him in particular.
“I have to try with our own players,” he told Goal . “So, I think Mateo Kovacic could be a very good option. A very good option, then we need to recover completely Ruben Loftus-Cheek, after his back problem.
“Then, we can play sometimes with Kovacic as a central midfielder and then Jorginho will be able to rest. We are trying in training with two players; the first is Ethan Ampadu and the second is Kovacic.
“It may be that for the characteristics, Kovacic is more suitable for this team.”
Sarri experimented with Ampadu in the Jorginho role against Sheffield Wednesday only for the Italian to send on Kovacic in the second half to send the Welshman further forward into the sort of position N’Golo Kante has been taking up as more of a box-to-box player.
“As you know, Ampadu is more defensive. Kovacic is really close to Jorginho in moving the ball really fast at one-touch. In the future, I think he will be able to do this position well,” added Sarri.
He also discussed Kante’s role and what Jorginho’s critics get wrong about his role.
“Could Kante play in the Jorginho role? Only 20 minutes if I have to defend a result,” he said.
“It depends upon what you want from Jorginho. If Jorginho you want the last pass, he has not adapted.
“Jorginho is very able to move the ball, to build up the action, but Jorginho usually plays at 40 metres from the opposition goal, so it’s impossible for him to make the last pass.
“Jorginho is very good for another job.”