Nicolas Jackson: Chelsea Striker Scores Drogba like Header After Pochettino Claimed He’s Learning

Nicolas Jackson: Chelsea Striker Scores Drogba like Header After Pochettino Claimed He’s Learning

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 2, 2024 at 4:24 PM
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  • Nicolas Jackson scored a goal Didier Drogba will be proud of
  • The Chelsea striker fired Chelsea into the lead with a header
  • He has received a lot of stick for his profligacy in front of goal

Nicolas Jackson extended his recent goal-scoring streak for Chelsea with a commanding header in their Premier League matchup against Brentford.

The Senegalese striker picked up right where he left off in the previous midweek fixture, propelling the Blues into the lead during the West London Derby on Saturday afternoon.

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Nicolas Jackson rose above his marker to power Chelsea into the lead with a header. Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside.
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Despite facing criticism for occasional wastefulness in front of goal, Jackson has managed to tally an impressive 10 goals and three assists in 29 appearances for Chelsea this season, according to Transfermarkt.

In anticipation of their clash against Brentford, Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino disclosed that the former Villarreal forward is actively studying and learning from other accomplished strikers.

Jackson learning from Drogba and co.

"Jackson loves to watch different strikers and he is in the process of learning. He is very humble to listen and accept when we show him different strikers and advise him on the game," Poch said as quoted by Sportskeeda.

Poch revealed that Nicolas was taking inspiration from the likes of Gabriel Batistuta, Didier Drogba, [Jimmy Floyd] Hasselbaink, and other seasoned players.

Jackson scores Drogba-esque goal

As fate would have it, Jackson demonstrated his rapid learning curve by scoring the opening goal, heading home from close range off a Malo Gusto delivery.

Gusto delivered a delightful cross, and the 22-year-old executed a header reminiscent of Didier Drogba's style with precision and skill.

Poch defends Jackson after fan 'attack'

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Chelsea fans erupted in cheers as Nicolas Jackson was substituted during the team's 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, indicating their frustration with the striker's lack of effectiveness in front of goal.

In the 80th minute, head coach Pochettino opted to replace Jackson with Noni Madueke, leading to ironic cheers from the Chelsea faithful, who appeared relieved by the decision to withdraw the Senegalese forward.

Despite the criticism, Pochettino promptly defended his striker, highlighting Jackson's goal-scoring abilities.

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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.