London - Chelsea boss Maurizio
Sarri has admitted the departure of Cesc Fabregas has left a gaping hole in
his squad magnified by Jorginho's below-par performance in Saturday's
2-1 win over Newcastle.
Sarri said the 31-year-old Spanish Soccer World Cup-winning midfielder, who
left for Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco last Friday, would have been a
natural replacement for Jorginho.
The Italian international - a lynchpin of Sarri's midfield this
season - lost possession on several occasions against Newcastle.
"After 20 minutes he lost a lot of balls. It's unusual and I think he was in trouble," said Sarri.
"Maybe he was tired, I don't know. But if Fabregas was on the bench I
think that in the second half he would have been on the pitch instead
Sarri is keen to recruit an experienced midfielder as back-up to
Jorginho, who has displaced N'Golo Kante from the pivotal central role,
but also praised the potential of 18-year-old Welsh international Ethan
"In the future, maybe," the Italian replied when asked about Ampadu's prospects of filling the back-up spot.
"Playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy.
"We need to try and try and try in training. But I think he is able to do it."