Jorginho records ridiculous statistic at Chelsea that sums up his style of play

Crystal Palace v Chelsea FC - Premier League

Chelsea fans were understandably over the moon when they signed Jorginho from Napoli for £57m last summer.

The 27-year-old arrived with a reputation for being a world-class player who could dictate the tempo of games in midfield with slick and accurate passing.

And it all started so well. Jorginho helped Chelsea win five out of five opening fixtures in the Premier League and go 12 games unbeaten.

With the Italian at the heart of their play it really looked like Chelsea would be title contenders, but their challenge quickly fell apart.

Three defeats in six games saw Maurizio Sarri's side fall well behind Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in the table. Unfortunately for Jorginho, a lot of the blame was aimed at him.

While he's a phenomenal passer of the ball, Chelsea fans have grown frustrated with Jorginho's tendency to pass sidewards rather than forwards.

It says a lot that some people have even compared him to Jordan Henderson, who has long been criticised for doing the exact same thing at Liverpool.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea FC - Premier League

What hasn't helped Jorginho is that a rather poor statistic has emerged since Chelsea's 0-0 draw against Southampton last week that completely sums him up.

According to the Premier League's website, per the tweet below, Jorginho has played a huge 1,896 passes this season - more than any other player - without recording a single assist.

Aymeric Laporte (1,791) and Antonio Rudiger (1,718) have played the second and third most passes this season, but for the sake of perspective we'll focus on Arsenal's Granit Xhaka (1,653).

The Swiss, who is arguably more defensive than Jorginho, has at least recorded one assist in the Premier League and even scored three goals.

Jorginho, on the other hand, has only scored once in 20 appearances. If he's going to be a success at Chelsea he needs to start contributing a bit more going forward.

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