Jorginho was the signing Maurizio Sarri demanded above all others when, aged 26, he followed the manager to Chelsea from Napoli for a fee of £50m in July 2018. So admired was he by the Italian that he stressed the importance of beating Manchester City and Pep Guardiola to his signature, and made Jorginho, and not N’Golo Kanté – then the world’s leading defensive midfielder – the focal point of his midfield.
Under Sarri’s successor Frank Lampard, like Guardiola once the finest of midfielders, he has remained similarly influential. “He’s a leader in his personality,” according to Lampard. “He wants to win, and I know that should be the basics and it is the basics for everyone, but to show it in everything you do is important. He does that.”