Nicolas Jackson: Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino Jumps to Striker’s Defence After Fans Boo Him

Nicolas Jackson: Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino Jumps to Striker’s Defence After Fans Boo Him

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has leapt to the defence of Nicolas Jackson
  • The underfire striker was guilty of wasting a raft of chances in Chelsea's recent loss
  • Fans registered their displeasure with his wastefulness when he was subbed off

Chelsea supporters erupted in cheers as Nicolas Jackson was substituted during the team's 2-1 loss against Wolverhampton Wanderers, revealing their frustration with the striker's inefficiency in front of goal.

Mario Lemina and former Tottenham Hotspur defender Matt Doherty capitalised on Chelsea's defensive lapses and profligacy, securing crucial points, while Christopher Nkunku marked his Premier League debut with a consolation goal.

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Nicolas Jackson trying to evade a tackle from Wolves' Nelson Semedo. Photo by James Gill - Danehouse
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Jackson's wasted chances

Mauricio Pochettino's squad squandered multiple opportunities, notably with the 22-year-old failing to convert three one-on-one situations against Wolves' goalkeeper Jose Sa.

His first chance came in the eighth minute, where he hesitated too long.

Then, in the 21st minute, the former Villarreal forward missed a crucial touch in the penalty area that could have set up another opportunity.

Later, 10 minutes into the second half, he faltered again when faced with Sa.

Here is a video of Jackson's big chances missed:

Chelsea fans' response to Jackson's substitution

In the 80th minute, head coach Pochettino decided to replace Jackson with Noni Madueke, prompting ironic cheers from Chelsea supporters who seemed relieved by the decision to take off the Senegalese forward.

Pochettino's defends Jackson

Despite the criticism, Poch swiftly defended his striker, emphasising Jackson's goal-scoring prowess, as evidenced by his seven goals in 17 Premier League appearances, as recorded by Transfermarkt.

“If we compare Nico to different strikers that arrive at his age to a new league, he is scoring goals when you look at his performances,” the Chelsea boss said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.
“He is young; this is his first Premier League season. The expectation is massive; we are Chelsea. Blame all together, not just one”.

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Pochettino pulls Jackson away from melee

Earlier, Sports Brief covered a peculiar incident during Everton’s match against Chelsea involving Jackson's difficult outing.

The forward was entangled in a confrontation with multiple Everton players at full-time. In a disappointing 2-0 defeat, Jackson and his teammates struggled to find the net, marking the second consecutive league loss for The Blues.

Videos of the event showcased Jackson engaging with Patterson, requiring his manager to intervene and pull the striker away from the escalating dispute.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.