Player Profiles: Jorginho
Despite not watching Serie A, surely the name Jorginho springs to mind during the last two transfer windows?
The midfielder has been at the centre of intense transfer speculation during the window. Manchester City are currently favourites to sign the deep-lying playmaker, however with Maurizio Sarri Chelsea inbound, many believe he will bring Jorginho with him. The tug of war between the two clubs will inevitably make Napoli increase their asking price (currently around £55 million), yet regardless of their persistence, it is almost certain the Italian will leave Naples.
Jorge Luiz Frello Filho (Jorginho) is a 26 year old midfielder for Napoli. Born in Brazil, Jorginho possesses both Brazilian and Italian nationality, yet chose to represent the latter, receiving his first cap in 2016. He was a youth player for Verona and impressed on a loan move to A.C. Sambonifacese where he scored 1 goal and provided 10 assists in 31 games in Serie C.
After 4 years for Verona’s senior team, Jorginho joined Napoli where his stock has truly risen. He played a part in Napoli’s 2014 Supercoppa Italiana win and since then, established himself as an integral first team player in Sarri’s promising squad.
At 26, Jorginho is an established central midfielder that has built a reputation of being versatile and hardworking. At Napoli he has demonstrated his ability to be a box to box midfielder, a central defensive ball winning midfielder or a deep-lying playmaker, perhaps one of the reasons why he is admired by top clubs. His pass accuracy is among the best in Europe’s top 5 leagues with 89%, highlighting his creativity that complements his defensive role extremely well.
Jorginho is evidently an effective midfielder to have, but who would he suit better, Chelsea or Manchester City?
With Maurizio Sarri set to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea, a move to Stamford Bridge would be logical for Jorginho. He knows Sarri’s system and won’t need time to adapt to a new coach which makes it an easy transition to the Premier League for the Italian. He would also be a starter alongside N’Golo Kante with an ageing Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko struggling to adapt to the league last season.
However, with Manchester City, the prospect of playing under Pep Guardiola will be hard to reject. Unlike with Chelsea, Jorginho would play in the Champions League and have a far higher chance to win trophies at the Etihad, which of course is the end goal for any professional footballer. Yet this would come at the cost of first team football, due to the depth of midfield talent at Pep’s disposal, potentially reducing Jorginho to a rotation player.
Thus far, Jorginho has been decent for Napoli and in the coming weeks, is likely to make a decision for the next step of his career. Whether Chelsea is better than City or vice versa is subjective and at the end of the day, it’s down to the player. But for Premier League fans in general, it will be a pleasure to watch Jorginho in the league next season if he is to move there.