Cesc Fabregas has completed a permanent transfer to French club Monaco, with the 31-year-old midfielder signing a three-and-a-half year deal.
Only Jorginho is left in the squad who can play the deep line playmaker role, and with the sale of Fabregas, Maurizio Sarri has revealed that his side is in trouble.
Jorginho had a difficult game against Newcastle, and Sarri has urged the club to buy a replacement for him as soon as possible.
He said: “As you have seen today, Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position, so I need a player for that position, I need another option for Jorginho.
“The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there so it depends on the club’s decision, I can’t do anything more.”
The 26-year-old was jeered by sections of Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge following a series of misplaced passes and Sarri admits he is in need of reinforcements.
Leandro Paredes is one of two players Chelsea hope to sign in January, but there have been nothing concrete so far, with the other player being Italy international Nicolo Barella.
Sarri made it clear before Fabregas’ departure that the club must sign a replacement for the Spaniard.
“If Cesc will go, of course we need a replacement. Now, with the midfielders we are in trouble, I think,” Sarri said.
“Without Cesc we have only five, so we are in trouble. We need a replacement.”
Fabregas made 198 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 22 goals and he leaves England with the second-highest number of assists in Premier League history.
Fabregas hasn’t lost his passing ability one bit and Chelsea fans were really unhappy to see him go.
Speaking about his technicality, Sarri said: “It feels like last week that I started playing professionally and now it’s more than 15 years. It goes so fast and you have to be ready every three days, for the criticism with everyone saying how good you are and the ups and downs.
“It feels like growing older it never goes away it is technique. Physicality goes away. Technicality stays with you.”