Weak attack has become a headache for coach Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea at this time. Nicolas Jackson’s goal-kicking situation in the match against Nottingham Forest was quickly reported in the newspapers.
According to statistics from Sky Sports, Jackson missed a total of 6 good opportunities in a Chelsea shirt. Last summer, the Blues approved spending 32 million pounds to acquire Jackson’s signature from Villarreal.
Fans expect the Senegalese star to bring a breath of fresh air, adding firepower to Chelsea’s attack while Christopher Nkunku is out due to injury.
However, Jackson has not been able to meet the expectations of both fans and experts. Besides the unfortunate miss against Nottingham, Jackson was also unlucky in the matches against Liverpool and West Ham United. As a result, Chelsea drew 1-1 at The Kop and lost 1-3 to West Ham.
Jackson’s expected goals index is relatively impressive. In fact, the Senegalese star has only one goal in the Premier League this season. Clearly, Jackson is wasting his opportunity in front of the opponent’s goal.
Although Todd Boehly has spent a huge amount of money on the transfer market, Chelsea still cannot provide a satisfactory answer at position 9. The London team is desperate for a goal-scoring machine at this time.
Despite doubts from many sides, Pochettino placed great faith in Jackson. Speaking after Jackson scored against Luton Town, the Argentine strategist said:
“The problem is time. When he stabilizes and adapts to the Premier League environment, goals will come more regularly. I have no doubt that Jackson will become one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history.”
Speaking after Chelsea’s defeat against Nottingham, Pochettino said: “Sometimes Jackson is a bit hasty in the final decisions. He needs to be calmer, more stable, more comfortable.”
In terms of the number of shots per 90 minutes, only three players are better than Jackson after four Premier League rounds. According to Sky Sports, the Senegalese striker averages 3.8 shots per 90 minutes.
Clearly, Pochettino has grounds for optimism about his student. Has iron grinding makes perfect. The fact that Jackson worked hard to take many shots became a positive sign. The problem lies in psychological factors, confidence, and feeling of playing football.
Last season, Jackson contributed 12 goals for Villarreal after 1,603 minutes of playing time in La Liga. At the age of 22, Jackson has a long way to go to perfect his skills and reach further.
Besides his finishing ability, his natural speed and high-intensity performance make Jackson a powerful weapon for Chelsea. The Senegalese striker is ready to seize the opportunity every time the home team changes state and counterattacks quickly.
Jackson’s sprinting ability certainly poses a potential threat to any defense. According to Sky Sports, the 22-year-old striker made the most moves without the ball in the Premier League 2023/2024.
Jackson’s ability to move and attract opposing defenders brings many benefits to other satellites on Chelsea’s attack. Raheem Sterling is one of the players who directly benefits from playing alongside Jackson.
Jackson stirred in position number 9, creating favorable space for Sterling, a player who mainly operates on the right wing of Chelsea.
According to statistics, Sterling has twice as many touches of the ball in the opponent’s penalty area this season as last season. Sterling has averaged 7.3 1v1 situations per 90 minutes this season (3.7 last season).
Clearly, Jackson’s presence helps Sterling play better, flourish, and have the opportunity to develop his own strengths. The duo worth waiting for in Chelsea’s attack.
The above analysis proves that Jackson brings many new features to Chelsea’s attacking style of play. Contrary to the majority opinion when criticizing the Senegalese striker, We need a fairer, more objective view of Jackson.
Mr. Nguyen | 07:37 September 15, 2023