He’d always miss chances for the rest of his career – Rio Ferdinand gives verdicts on struggling Chelsea star

Nicolas Jackson
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Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson has been criticised for being wasteful in front of goal this season.

The Senegal international has scored just 13 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions this term.

Signed from Villarreal last summer in a deal worth £32m, Nicolas Jackson has often been criticised for missing glaring chances.

The 22-year-old was heavily criticised after missing three big chances in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City two weeks ago, and against Aston Villa, he missed a couple of good chances as well.

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has said Jackson isn’t a natural finisher, and will be so for the rest of his career.

“You change aspects of your game but normally with finishers they’re just born, man,” the legendary ex-United and England centre-back said.

“They have always been able to score goals in a certain way. Jermain Defoe didn’t just become a great finisher, Michael Owen didn’t become a great finisher.

“Jackson might have scored goals throughout his days growing up as a player but I don’t think I could ever imagine him being a clean finisher. He’s not.

“He’s always going to get chances I think because he moves well but in terms of finishing, he’s always going to miss chances.”

However, Arsenal legend Ian Wright, is of the opinion that Jackson will become great in his role, and also backed him to improve his finishing.

For Ian Wright, Nicolas Jackson has talent, and mentioned his pace, his link-up and his touch as the things that make him stand out.