Okay guys. Hear this argument. I am very sure there's already many others who have the same thoughts and concern, and I think it deserves discussion that there's no easy way to solve this. It is early in the season, but already we are faced with this great problem to have, or positive conundrum. Because, being able to solve this problem and being able to bring out the best in both players will enable this new team and system to hit even greater heights that otherwise.
Here's the problem. It sounds great and awesome having both Kante and Jorginho in the squad. It is like a dream pair to have on paper. It seems the midfield is indestructible, with flair, creativity, vision to add on to the strength, defensive prowess and nastiness we saw last season. Herein lies the headache. How do we get the best attribute out of both players at the same time, on the pitch? Note that the question is not about whether both can play together. There certainly is a complement of both players on the pitch. This is unlike the argument we used to have with regards to Lampard and Gerrard before.
Kante is the best destroyer in the game today, bar none. That we are pretty sure of at this stage and has been confirmed for the last few seasons. He needs to be in a position to cover the central midfield position, and not only that, he has to be given the license to close down opponents in our own half and that includes closing down threats on both wide areas. Kante has the ability and the lungs to do that. He can defend and press opponents in the central and both left and wide areas very effectively. He can help out the whole line of defense. He can double up with the right back or left back to defend a threat. And yet, after that, he can get back in position quickly because his unusual stamina just allows him to do that. His attributes is one in a thousand, and when you've got someone like that, you have to make use of it as it gives the team a major edge. Unfortunately, for him to be able to do that, to cover vast area of the pitch, he has to be played centrally. He cannot be played on the right or left of a midfield three. In those positions, he will be limited to either the right side or left side of the pitch, as we see against Arsenal. We kinda missed seeing Kante closing down opponents everywhere on the pitch, because now, he does most of his work on the right side and further up.
Jorginho on the other hand, is a genius in central midfield - the engine in the machine. He makes play flow so easily. Most importantly, he controls the tempo of the game and he calmly evades pressure often occuring in midfield, takes the ball away with a touch or flick from an opponent, and then effortlessly distribute it to a free player. He doesn't panic and doesn't hoof the ball. What he does enables us to retain possession in Sarri's system and it's beautiful to watch and is so critical in playing the way we want to. In his central position, he has the ability to have a sense of the full pitch and have a vision of all that is happening on the pitch. He then dictate plays the way he wants. You can't take that attribute away from a team if you have such a player.
So, how do we get the best out of both? An option will be to have both players play as pivots on the same level. One or the other isn't permanently playing in a more forward position that the other. They take turns to switch around their positioning. If Kante wins the ball in the wide areas in our own half, Jorginho moves further up the pitch to receive a pass and Kante becomes the player staying back in the centre. Here Jorginho's ability to dictate the attack is passed on to Kante. For me Kante, is just not a upfield player. At some point during the Arsenal match, he was like one of the two strikers next to Morata. He is not being fully utilised there. If Jorginho has the ball in the centre of field, Kante moves forward but he shouldn't be further forward than the third midfielder.
I'm not sure if others feel that this is much of a conundrum. I hope Sarri finds a system to utilise both and get the best attributes out of both. Because, we will be amazing then. This also goes to show, a collection of great players doesn't necessarily mean their individual abilities will stack when combined in a team, unless you are a great manager who knows to get the best out of both.