The 23-year-old Hammers captain has been brilliant over the past few years for club and country whilst the experienced Chelsea ace, 30, has been incredibly inconsistent.
In truth, they are two completely different players, in spite of the fact that they mostly operate in exactly the same position.
The Italian is a supremely gifted technician who sits as the base of the midfield and controls the tempo of the game. Meanwhile, the Englishman is more of a swashbuckling midfielder in the mould of the great Bryan Robson.
According to one high-profile pundit though, Jorginho is often criticised unfairly…
Paul Merson makes Declan Rice and Jorginho comparison
The West Ham and Chelsea stars both do completely different jobs for their respective teams.
Merson told Sportskeeda how the Italian’s fine work often goes unnoticed though:
When Jorginho first joined to play at the base of Chelsea’s midfield, he got a lot of stick. That said, over the years, he’s played regularly under every manager at Stamford Bridge, which simply doesn’t happen if you aren’t a good player. He’s different to English midfielders in the sense that he’s not about his workrate, hustle or moving at 100 miles per hour. He makes the team tick by keeping it tidy in the centre of the park and is also capable of picking a defence-splitting pass. Kalvin Phillips joined Man City for around £42m, while Declan Rice is valued at over £100m. They’re both good players, but they don’t play like Jorginho, do they? We haven’t had a player like Jorginho for god knows how long now. Jorginho has got flaws, but he’s very assured on the ball and controls the game from a deeper midfield position. For me, he’s very underrated as people don’t understand what he brings to the table in the Premier League.
Personally, I would take Declan Rice over Jorginho every single day of the week, in spite of what Paul Merson says.
That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the Italian’s talent. He’s a very good footballer.
The West Ham star is just on another level to the Chelsea ace as far as I’m concerned.
Paul Merson clearly doesn’t agree, however, after his assessment of Declan Rice and Jorginho.