Chelsea move for Jorginho proves they've learnt Drinkwater lesson
ESPN's Richard Jolly draws similarities between last summer's and this one's Chelsea's midfield deals and claims the Blues have made the right conclusions
Jorginho the anti-Drinkwater
"There seems something symbolic in Chelsea's squad numbers, seeing Jorginho, who will wear No. 5, next to Danny Drinkwater, the No. 6. They have been midfield additions in successive summers, but the similarities end there. Jorginho can be seen as the anti-Drinkwater."
Jorginho is what Sarri wanted, Drinkwater never was the needed man for Conte
"The Italy international is indelibly associated with Sarri in a way the Englishman was not with Antonio Conte. He has been brought in before the start of the season, indicating his centrality in the plans, rather than in the final hours of the window in seeming desperation. Jorginho can feature immediately whereas Drinkwater's debut was delayed until October by injury. His season never really recovered from its false start."
Automatic starter vs Average squad player
"The 2018 recruit is designed to suit and define an ethos; the 2017 buy was not. Sarri's signing will be an automatic starter. The man who scarcely seemed Conte's choice was brought in as a squad player. While Jorginho's distribution statistics equip him for a top-class team, Drinkwater's - with pass completion rates under 80 percent at Leicester - indicated that he was in a more direct team. It meant he would always have to adjust to Chelsea."
Influence vs Negligible impact
"If Jorginho can rebrand Chelsea and implement Sarri's brand of football, he has the potential to prove one of the most influential arrivals of the season. In his own way, and without actually playing particularly badly, Drinkwater represented one of the worst of last year. If they provide opposites in style of play and the strategy behind their signings, Chelsea must hope they are in impact as well."