March 13, 2024

Chelsea have new undroppable that Pochettino held private talks with over discipline fears | Football | Sport

Chelsea star Nicolas Jackson’s form has made him an undroppable member of the Blues’ starting-11, with the Senegal international beginning to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old has been in strong form recently, and is beginning to prove his doubters wrong.

It’s been all change for Jackson in recent weeks at Chelsea. Having arrived for the modest fee of £31million during the summer transfer window, Jackson initially failed to impress while leading the line, leading to some calls for the west Londoners to go out and spend big on a striker in January.

Of course, that didn’t happen, with Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino happy to put his faith in the ex-Villarreal man – trust which has since been rewarded. With his first-half strike against Newcastle United on Monday night, Jackson extended his scoring streak to three consecutive matches, while taking his tally across all competitions to 12 goals.

Not only did it look unlikely for Jackson to produce this type of form earlier on in the campaign, but there had also been rumours that Pochettino wasn’t happy with how often the attacker was picking up yellow cards. Speaking as recently as February, the Chelsea manager called on Jackson to “learn and improve”, following a poor disciplinary record that had seen him pick up a yellow card suspension.

Pochettino revealed that he had held private talks with the striker in the past, as the ex-Spurs chief aimed to arrest Jackson’s discipline issues. And now, with Jackson catching the eye for all the right reasons, it looks as if Pochettino’s patient approach is beginning to pay off.

There are still aspects of his game for Jackson to improve on, but speaking after the Newcastle win, Pochettino was full of praise for his in-form frontman: “Of course, we need to understand the player when they are young and arrive from out of England, they need to know first the Premier League. They also need to know their teammates to perform. But he [Jackson] is performing really well.”

He added: “The effort is always there, how he presses, the work rate is massive. Of course, he has the quality. With more games, with experience, he is going to be more calm in front of the goal and he is going to be more clinical. We think he has the capacity but we need to keep believing that he can be the player, the striker, the offensive player that can score for Chelsea too many goals, a lot of goals.”


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