CHELSEA will not qualify for the Champions League next season while Jorginho remains in the side.
That is the view of ESPN FC pundit Stewart Robson, who has slammed the Italy international midfielder once again.
Robson’s comments on Jorginho caused many Chelsea fans to react angrily on social media at the start of the season after he claimed he was not a fan of their new signing.
The former Arsenal star insisted that Jorginho lacked many of the qualities needed to play in his position in the Premier League and as the season has progressed, his comments now do not seem so farfetched.
After a decent start since joining from Napoli in the summer, Jorginho’s influence on the Chelsea team has deteriorated.
Indeed, many fans and experts have called for N’Golo Kante to be given back his defensive midfield spot after being played out of position since Jorginho’s arrival.
And Robson has vented his frustration once again, going as far as saying that the Blues will not be playing Champions League football next season if Maurizio Sarri continues to play him.
“Sarri is sticking with the same policy and he has still got a player in there that I think is the main reason why Chelsea aren’t winning enough games,” he told ESPN FC.
“As I said at the start of the season, he can’t run, which means he can’t defend spaces outside of the full-backs.
“He can’t head the ball so he can’t get between his centre-backs and do a defensive job there.
“He can’t see a forward pass unless he has got lots of time on the ball so he can only pass backwards and square.
“He can’t manipulate the ball and therefore wriggle out of situations, so he is a liability for Chelsea and all the time that he is in the side, Chelsea I don’t think will qualify for the Champions League.”
Chelsea have been going through a sticky patch in recent weeks, especially away from home.
Indeed, they have lost their last three Premier League matches heavily, failing to hit the net at all and conceding 12 times.
The 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City last time out came after a 4-0 thrashing by Bournemouth.
And the recent results have dropped them out of the top four, with Manchester United and Arsenal now above them in fourth and fifth respectively.
It remains to be seen whether Sarri will continue to play Jorginho in the middle of the park if results continue in the way they have been.