Jorginho’s passing ability has been hailed since joining Chelsea from Napoli during the summer but his poor defensive ability was exposed by Tottenham on Saturday.
The 26-year-old was constantly pressured by Tottenham and he put in his poorest display in a Chelsea shirt.
Stewart Robson doesn’t understand why Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri prefers Jorginho to N’Golo Kante in Chelsea’s holding midfield position.
“In some ways it does (ruin Chelsea’s plan when pressure is put on Jorginho),” Robson told ESPN.
“I can’t understand why Sarri likes him so much.
“You’ve got the best holding midfielder in world football in Kante who should be playing there, in my view.
“We saw all the deficiencies of Jorginho against Tottenham.
“Yes he’s had more touches in the Premier League than any other player but that’s against teams that have backed off of him.
“This is the first time anyone has closed him down. This is why I don’t think he’s a top-class player in this position.”
Former Premier League striker Ian Wright also doesn’t understand why Kante isn’t played as a holding midfielder.
“It’s been quite confusing to me,” Wright said on Match of the Day.
“The best defensive-midfielder in the world – I’m sure he’s got his new contract from what he’s done previously – and listening to his manager say he could score more goals. Well, he’s got midfielders who can score more goals.
“It’s baffling to me.
“You see Jorginho for the second goal go to the ball where Kante would pick up someone like Harry Kane and clear up that mess.
“For the third goal, Kante is upfield and there’s no way he’d allow them through to score that goal.
“It’s baffling to have a player like Kante playing in offensive areas where you’ve got other players who can do that.”