Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed criticism toward Blues striker Nicolas Jackson, even though Jackson scored a hat trick against Tottenham on Monday.
The London derby marked the most chaotic Premier League game of the season, with Spurs finishing the match with nine players, and VAR generating significant controversy. Chelsea ultimately secured a 4-1 victory, aided by Jackson’s three goals in the second half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Despite registering a hat trick, Jackson faced criticism for his subpar finishing during the match, and these sentiments were echoed by his manager on Friday.
Pochettino said: “It’s easy to say: okay, scored three goals. It’s a process. He’s still young, needs to improve. Okay scored three goals, but should have scored six. The most important is to keep calm and relaxed and he is going to improve with time. Nights like Monday help him not to be too much nervous and approach a game in a different way.”
Pochettino gives Nkunku update following his comments on Jackson
Due to injuries to Christopher Nkunku and Armando Broja, Jackson has likely played more minutes than anticipated in the early stages of his Chelsea career. The striker has achieved five Premier League goals in 10 games. However, with Nkunku expected to return to full fitness after the international break, Jackson could experience a reduction in his playing time.
Pochettino offered an update on the Frenchman’s availability ahead of his team’s Premier League match against Manchester City.
“We had some conversation and he said to me I want to be ready for after the international break, Newcastle. I asked him yesterday and he said ‘hmmm’, and I said you are liar. It is close and he is really well. We are happy with him.”
Jackson is set to represent Senegal during the international break, facing South Sudan and Togo in World Cup qualifying matches when club football pauses after the weekend. Prior to the break, Chelsea faces a challenging fixture against Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.