Frank Lampard admits he’s ‘fortunate’ to have Maurizio Sarri signing Jorginho at Chelsea

Frank Lampard says he’s ‘fortunate’ to have a player of Jorginho’s quality at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confessed that he’s ‘fortunate’ to have inherited a player of Jorginho’s character and ‘quality’ from Maurizio Sarri.

Jorginho, 27, followed Sarri from Napoli last summer and had an inconsistent debut campaign in England, but the Italian has impressed so far this term, starting all three of Chelsea’s opening Premier League matches.

As Lampard has been unable to strengthen his squad due to Chelsea’s transfer ban, he will largely have to rely on the players Sarri had at his disposal last season, plus those youngsters who have returned from successful loan spells.

While academy graduates Tammy Abraham (2) and Mason Mount stole the headlines with goals in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Norwich, Lampard has singled out Jorginho for praise after the midfielder’s strong start to the 2019/20 campaign.

‘What I see in Jorginho is a quality of pass and I want to see him use his range,’ the new Chelsea manager told Sky Sports.

‘He played some great through-balls against Liverpool and I know he can do it. He can do what’s asked of him and he is eager to do it.

‘I love his spirit, how he trains and how he plays. I keep going on about that but it’s infectious and it’s important.’

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Lampard added: ‘I watched him last year and I thought he finished the season really well but you only really know a player when you see them day in and day out.

‘From the first day of training he showed me instantly his quality and his attitude.

‘I am actually fortunate to have Jorginho.’

The Blues will be without Pedro this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea play host to Sheffield United this weekend and Lampard will likely be without injured duo Pedro and N’Golo Kante at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard told the club’s official website: ‘Pedro picked up a hamstring injury and we will assess the severity of it over the next couple of days, but I think it will be tough for him to be back for next week at first glance.

‘We obviously then have the international break, so that might help, but we will be trying to get him back as quickly as possible because he’s an important player.’

On Kante’s fitness, Lampard said: ‘It’s a difficult one because he’s had four years of constant playing.

‘We knew he had that injury from the Europa League final last season, which affected his pre-season, and then he picked up an ankle injury last week. He’s trying and we are trying to get him through it, but the game yesterday just came too quickly and he was in too much pain.

‘But again he is one to assess and we want him back in the team because he’s an important player.

‘I think the international break will be great for him, to try and recover him.’

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