Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino compares Nicolas Jackson with Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr. Subsequently, Jackson has received a huge criticism for his recent performances.. He has scored only one goal in five appearances so far this season. However, Mauricio has compared him with the likes of Madrid in-form winger Vinicius Jr.
Mauricio Pochettino is confident Jackson will become a “fantastic player” if he gets enough playing time in near future. Jackson’s start is likened with that of Vinicius at Santiago Bernabeu. The 22-year old striker has started all of Chelsea’s Premier League games till now. Moreover, he opened his scoring in 3-0 victory against Luton Town. Irrespective of this, Jackson has been a disappointment for the start of this season yet. The Blues have lost to Nottingham at home and West Ham United to leave Chelsea on 14th in the Premier League table.
Chelsea have scored only five goals this season with Jackson’s performance coming under the radar. But he has got the backing of Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the clash with Aston Villa. Mauricio told in his pre-match conference,
“I had a meeting today (Friday) with Nicolas and Enzo. I said ‘Come on, a striker with four yellow cards for protesting?’ You need to get yellow cards but in different actions, not for that. Not so easy, so cheap. It’s going to put him in a very difficult situation with the team.”
“He understood. But Jackson is 22, he’s young. He needs to learn, needs to improve, needs to settle. He’s going to be a fantastic player. But he needs time. I like to make similarities with players at other clubs. Jackson is a fantastic player but he needs to be calm and relaxed in front of goal. I said remember Vinicius, he took three seasons, or two and a half seasons, to perform.”
“We’re talking about young players. You can blame us, blame me. We can talk about tactics. But they need time. There’s no doubt we have amazing talent on the team, but now they need time to settle. But he needs to be clever not to protest to the referees in this way.”
“Maybe it’s his normal behaviour on the pitch, it’s something maybe he can improve. Maybe this season they change the rules, he came from Spain where it’s different the relationship with the referees.“
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