Impressive: I can see why Pep likes him.
Jorginho gives his best in an organised system of play such as Sarri’s or Guardiola’s. In the last few seasons, he has grown a lot in terms of his personality, physical condition and dynamism. - (Sky in Italy's Francesco Modugno)
Former Verona director Giovanni Galli, who signed Jorginho as a youngster, said: "He is smart, he knows his football and if I had to make a comparison to another of his ilk I would say Pirlo. He doesn't have the same long ball ability as Pirlo, but the same football intelligence."
The 26-year-old controls the game in the middle of the pitch and boasts some impressive stats.
Most notable are his number of touches and passes in games. Since 2004/05, he makes up nine of the top 10 spots in most touches in Serie A games - Pirlo is 10th on the list. He also makes up nine of the top 10 in most completed passes in Serie A games since the start of 2004/05.
Player Team Opponent Touches
Jorginho Napoli Verona 218
Jorginho Napoli Cagliari 206
Jorginho Napoli Palermo 186
Jorginho Napoli Benevento 179
Jorginho Napoli Udinese 177
Jorginho Napoli Lazio 176
Jorginho Napoli Palermo 173
Jorginho Napoli Frosinone 172
Jorginho Napoli Crotone 171
Pirlo Juventus Verona 169
He ranks top for completed passes since his Napoli debut and top for passes and touches this season. In terms of breaking up play, he ranks seventh among Serie A midfielders for interceptions since his debut.
His role is to provide a base for Napoli's most creative players to shine from a 4-3-3 formation, and Roma's Radja Nainggolan says he is the hardest opponent he's faced. "He always plays in tight situations and passes very close to him. It's very hard to follow him and stop his plays. You get tired because he moves the ball very fast, but he didn't even move himself"
I wish there was a way to know you are in the good old days....before you've actually left them...