After a dull first half, Chelsea eventually wore down a somewhat resilient Newcastle team through an outstanding weak-footed finish from Reece James to go 1-0 up. From there, the flood gates opened and a second Reece James goal all but compounded Newcastle’s fate.
Shortly after, Kai Havertz was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded to Chelsea. At this point, a debate broke out on social media as to who should take this penalty. Considering Reece James was on for a hat-trick, some wanted Jorginho to hand the opportunity over to James who, hopefully, would have secured all three points with all three goals.
This, however, did not happen. Jorginho opted to take the penalty and dispatched with the consistent precision we have all become to expect of him. Nonetheless, the debate raged on, eventually evolving into who should be the regular penalty taker for Chelsea, if and when everyone is back to full fitness.
Based on Chelsea’s victory over Newcastle, I think it is of little importance who took the penalty. Jorginho, as Captain and normal penalty taker, is well within his rights to take the penalty, which he did. On the other hand, I understand why there was a reasonably large demand for Reece James to take it in order to complete his hat-trick.
Without wanting to dodge the bullet entirely, Reece James, in a way, did get a hat-trick. As a defender, even an attacking wing-back who would have spent the majority of his afternoon in the Newcastle half, a clean sheet is always the priority. Coming away from that game with two exceptional goals and a clean sheet is, in a roundabout way, a hat-trick of sorts.</…….