Chelsea midfielder Jorginho ‘looks like a five-a-side player’, says Tony Cascarino

Tony Cascarino has said Chelsea midfielder Jorginho ‘looks like a five-a-side player’.

The Italy international has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks with the Blues struggling in attack.

The £57million summer signing was initially hailed for his influence in the centre of the pitch, but while he has broken Premier League records for his passing, he has yet to provide a single assist and has only scored one goal – and that came from the penalty spot on the opening day of the season.

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Jorginho set a new Premier League record by making 180 passes against West Ham in September – in a 0-0 draw

Manager Maurizio Sarri has practically built his team around Jorginho playing in the holding role, and has even shifted N’Golo Kante out to the left to make room for him – a decision which has baffled supporters and pundits alike – and fans are now left questioning what exactly the Italy international does.

Cascarino feels sorry Jorginho has ‘become the scapegoat’ for Chelsea’s poor form in recent games, but concedes he has seen little from the midfielder that impresses him.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Blues striker said: “Jorginho has become a bit of a scapegoat.

“The atmosphere towards him at Stamford Bridge, the finger is pointed at him and I feel sorry for him because it’s not just him.

“But he was bought for a lot of money and other clubs wanted him.

“But I look at him and I just think, ‘wow, you look like a five-a-side player!’

“He’s light, he’s got a great touch and moves it around, but any team that smothers him, gets onto him and press him, Chelsea really do struggle then to get the ball to any position and look like a dangerous side.”

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