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Chelsea must replace Jorginho with Declan Rice

Chelsea have made a dreadful start to the 2022/23 campaign, having plummeted to tenth place in the Premier League after 17 matches having clinched a place in the top four last season, and the club are consequently eyeing prospective signatures of the highest quality…

Having assumed ownership of Chelsea in 2022, Todd Boehly has plunged right into the thick of the transfer market and fortified the squad with a plethora of signings across the field, spending a total of £315m to date.

And with the centre of the park still considered an area for further reinforcement, West Ham United’s sublime anchor Declan Rice has been touted for several months with an eventual move to Stamford Bridge, having risen through the ranks at Cobham Academy during his formative years.

And with news emerging that Blues boss Graham Potter is considering allowing established ball-playing maestro Jorginho to depart upon his contract expiry at the conclusion of the campaign, space is being made for someone of Rice’s ilk to enter the fray, despite Hammers’ claims that a bid in the region of £100m is paramount.

Rice the remedy

Jorginho has been a stalwart for the Blues since arriving from Napoli in a £50m deal in 2018, making 210 appearances and scoring 29 goals, along with nine assists.

And having clinched several major honours including the Champions League, Europa League and Club World Cup, the Italian ace’s control from the centre of the park has been paramount to the club’s success.

However, with his contract indeed due for expiry at the end of the season, the 31-year-old appears to be considered expendable by his west London outfit, with the youthful Rice holding the potential to be the catalyst for success over the next era of the club’s football.

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And this season, Jorginho’s average league rating of 6.83 is the first time during his Chelsea career that Sofascore has dropped his rating below the 7.00 mark; not exactly a statistic to leave Boehly emboldened as he assesses his next transfer move.

Rice, in retrospect, has recorded an average rating 7.23, achieving a simply sublime average pass accuracy of 90% while making 2.3 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game.

And from an offensive standpoint, the 39-cap England international has scored a goal and provided two assists, creating two big chances and making 1.2 key passes per match.

Quite simply, he could spearhead the charge for years to come, and at just 23 years old there is still plenty of nurturing as the player creeps closer towards a pedestal

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Potter must act swiftly to sign the “force of nature“, as once lauded by journalist Rob Blanchette, and he can indeed serve as the driving pillar to soar Chelsea toward success, replacing the dwindling Jorginho in the process.