When Maurizio Sarri cut his turbulent reign as Chelsea manager short to join Juventus last summer, the future appeared bleak in west London for No.1 pupil Jorginho.
To say the £50m midfielder endured a debut season to forget at Stamford Bridge is perhaps an understatement given the vulnerabilities he demonstrated over the course of it.
After following Sarri to the English capital from Naples, Jorginho initially justified both the price-tag and hipster hype on his shoulders by producing a string of impressive displays early on.
Yet this honeymoon period would swiftly, and rather alarmingly, evaporate amid Sarri’s struggles in the Blues hot-seat.
Jorginho rightfully developed a reputation as one of the finest passers in European football during his stint at Napoli, where he was afforded greater time on the ball to get into his rhythm and boast his unique qualities.
The slow tempo he had become accustomed to in Italy, though, simply wasn’t waiting for him in London.
Instead, Jorginho resembled a fish out of water amidst the hustle-and-bustle of the Premier League, struggling to implement his orchestrator-like duty at the heart of the Chelsea midfield.
The Italy international struggled in his first season at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri
The Italy international therefore became an easy scapegoat for an increasingly dissatisfied set of Blues supporters bamboozled by Sarri’s reluctance to take him out of the firing line.
When the chain-smoking gaffer called time on his stay in England to return to Italy, Jorginho’s future instantly became precarious under successor Frank Lampard.
And his Blues future looked bleak when Frank Lampard replaced Sarri in west London
Fast forward eight months, however, and the tables have seemingly turned.
Had Sarri registered an interest in his star student last summer,…