Mauricio Pochettino confirms Chelsea star will play in new position against Crystal Palace

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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino played striker Nicolas Jackson as a left winger in the 3-1 FA Cup victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

Ahead of the Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Monday night, Pochettino believes the new role may help get the best out of the Senegal international.

“The starting point, yes, he was on the left. But football is dynamic and he has to move,” Pochettino said.

“Yes, I think he is a player that can play in this place. I am so happy because the characteristics, he always plays better when he is facing the goal rather than his back to the goal.

“He is more comfortable. The pace, the speed, the capacity to arrive from the second line. He showed in the goal he scored how he arrives from the second line and can score. I am so happy because the commitment is amazing, also.

“After arriving from the Africa Cup of Nations, it is important for him to recover and feel the net. So happy. Very pleased with his performance.”