Unsung Heroes are the players who make the substantial, but perhaps unrecognised, contributions that propel their teams & teammates towards success, critical acclaim, & career defining moments.
This series will try to acknowledge their efforts, their skills, & their indespensable importance to their clubs that sometimes go uncredited by those watching...
Jorginho may be overshadowed by Napoli captain Marek Hamsik when looking at the team sheet, but the Brazilian-born Italian is just as pivotal to their high pressing, intricate passing set up as the Slovakian.
His work-rate & ability to break up play, combined with his vision & passing accuracy, makes him an integral part to the Napoli system. Working as a deep-lying playmaker allows him to dictate the tempo of the game, acting as the lynchpin to one of the fastest paced attacks in European football.
Perhaps his nationality complications were the reason he wasn’t called up sooner, but the Italian national side badly missed a playmaking midfielder in their failed attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. It was only when he was called up in the 2nd play-off game against Sweden that Jorginho’s talent was truly realised, sadly it was too late as Italy failed to beat a resilient Swedish side who won 1-0 on aggregate.
An indispensable cog in the Napoli side, surely future Italian teams will call upon the services of Jorginho if they wish to get back amongst the European elites.