Rio Ferdinand has expressed his disappointment in Jorginho when assessing his below-par performance in Saturday’s London derby defeat to Arsenal.
It was another worrying display from the Blues and Ferdinand was particularly critical of Jorginho, who Chelsea signed from Napoli in the summer.
The Manchester United legend claimed Jorginho ‘can’t run’ and should be replaced by N’Golo Kante, who has been utilised in a more advanced role this season.
Ferdinand also claimed Eden Hazard, playing as a false number nine, was being wasted in the current system.
He told BT Sport: ‘Jorginho’s someone who sets the tempo of a game. 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.
‘Chelsea’s problems all stem from not having a number nine. There’s no focal point. I think this manager needs to play Kante in the holding position. He’s the best in the world there.
‘Hazard can play the false nine role but he doesn’t offer you as much. Two of the best players are playing out of position at the moment.’
Jermain Jenas echoed Ferdinand’s comments, saying: ‘Hazard was completely swamped. There’s too many sloppy moments from Chelsea.
‘I don’t see any intent or direction. What’s the plan? They’ve got decent players but it’s not happening.’