Arsenal and Chelsea target struggles in Hellas Verona defeat

Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Jorginho struggled as Hellas Verona were comfortably beaten by Genoa over the weekend.

The 21-year-old central midfielder has been touted as the next big midfield signing for some of the biggest sides in the Premier League, with strong interest coming from London sides Arsenal and Chelsea.

Both teams are reportedly scouting the Brazilian born Italian playmaker on a regular basis but if either side had scouts at Hellas Verona’s match over the weekend against Genoa then they probably wouldn’t have been overly impressed.

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Verona went down 2-0 to a Genoa team now a place below them in the Serie A table, with Jorginho in particular struggling to have an influence over the game.

Stats based website whoscored gave the midfielder a rating of just 6.2 for the game, with only two other players in the starting Verona side receiving a lower rate and one of them was the goalkeeper.

His passing and touch stats for the game were actually quite impressive; 88% passing accuracy and 88 touches, more than any of his teammates during the game.

The reason for the low rating is linked to the fact he was unable to have a direct impact in terms of goals or assists, having one shot and playing just two key passes during the game.

He was also dispossessed twice during the game under pressure, which is strange because his passing and touch stats suggest that he did a decent job of protecting the ball.

He did a decent job in terms of interceptions but tracking back he failed to make a single clearance or block a shot as Genoa grabbed two goals to close the gap on Verona.

It’s surprising because he’s been effective so far this season in a side which has managed to consolidate in the top half of the Serie A table.

His five goals and two assists for Verona this season has rightly attracted some big interest, not just from English teams, but from several other top sides across Europe.

It should be just a blip because he’s looked like a very decent player so far this season and even the best players at Chelsea and Arsenal occasionally have poor performances.

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