Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that the club need a replacement for the now departed Cesc Fabregas in the January transfer window, claiming that midfielder Jorginho was in "trouble" during their 2-1 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Willian and Pedro scored for the home side either side of half-time to give them the win, but the Stamford Bridge crowd were not pleased by the performance of Jorginho who's uncharacteristic error strewn display was a subject of ire.
Sarri reasoned that the Brazilian's poor performance was due to the lack of cover in midfield following Fabregas' move to Monaco and that the club needs an option at that position.
Sarri “Today Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position. I need an option for Jorginho.” Great banter from the Chelsea coach as he had the best player in that position in World football on the pitch, @nglkante. 🤣— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 12, 2019
"Today Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn't a player for that position. I need an option for Jorginho. It's not too much [of a worry for me]. [If] the club is worried, I don't know. The club knows very well my opinion. I need the player there [in that position]. It depends on the club decision, I think. I cannot do anything more," Sarri said post the game.
The win on the night moved the Blues six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal in the league table, but with options limited in the forward and midfield department, the club hierarchy will in all probability need to dip into the transfer market and sign a couple of players in order to challenge for both domestic and European honours.