Maurizio Sarri is desperate for Chelsea to sign a replacement for Cesc Fabregas in January.
Fabregas completed his move to Monaco earlier this week, leaving Sarri’s midfield cupboards completely bare.
The Italian has only £57m summer signing Jorginho, Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic, World Cup semi-finalist Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross ‘next Gazza’ Barkley, and £35m Danny Drinkwater as options in the centre. Oh, and some fella called N’Golo Kante.
Chelsea’s struggles in overcoming a limited Newcastle side were a direct result, with the crisis-ridden club now only six points clear in fourth, one point behind Tottenham.
“Today Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position. I need an option for Jorginho,” Sarri told BT Sport.
“After the goal I think we thought ‘now it’s easy’, but it wasn’t.
“We slept for 20, 25 minutes, so at the end of the first half we were in trouble. We need to improve in the mental reaction.”