Chelsea boss told to drop star and stop ‘wasting’ talent in squad

Monday, January 21st, 2019 11:00pm

By Rahman Osman @IAmRahmanOsman

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri must drop Jorginho to rectify their struggles in the biggest games, according to one former Blue.

Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal on Saturday with the lack of defensive cover offered by Jorginho pinpointed as one of the key downfalls of Sarri’s side.

However, the former Napoli boss has always insisted that N’Golo Kante lacks the requisite technical quality to play the holding midfield role in his team.

But former defender David Lee reckons with Jorginho struggling for form, it’s time for Sarri to consider a change.

“He is a brilliant holding midfield player who breaks play up and can get up forward,” Lee told Ian Stone’s Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).

“I think may be he should play him in there. Don’t waste him by playing him on the right.

“Of course he can play there because he is a great player but play him in a position that in the last couple of years he has won the Premier League and he was the best midfielder in the Premier League.”

He added: “I think in the last few games [Jorginho] has struggled and looks tired. When he first came in at the start of the season Chelsea were winning games and when you are winning games, everything gets papered over.

“Now you’re starting to lose a few games and you’re not doing so well, I think now is the time just to pull him out and give him a rest because I think he does look tired.”

Kante is not the only Chelsea star being played out of position.Striker Olivier Giroud has fallen out of favour while Alvaro Morata is closing in on a move to Atletico Madrid, leaving Eden Hazard forced to play the false nine role once again on Saturday.

And Lee reckons the decision to do so has failed and it is time to play a more out-and-out striker in that position.

“For me a club like Chelsea have got to play a number nine,” Lee also said.

“Giroud is on the bench so play him. Whatever people think of him, I think he is a decent player. 

“I know [he doesn’t score] but what he does do is he helps Hazard. Hazard has come out publicly and said he loves playing with him because he can bounce things off him when he is coming from a deeper role. 

“Hazard is not a number nine, he is a brilliant player but I don’t think he is a number nine.

"You can call him a false number nine but for me I would a play a centre forward who is a proper number nine and play Hazard off him.”

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