Mauricio Pochettino urged to replace this Chelsea player in the summer

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Mauricio Pochettino has been encouraged to find a replacement for Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson following the dramatic victory over Nottingham Forest.

Chelsea seemed set for a disappointing loss as Willy Boly and ex-Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi gave Forest the lead after Mykhailo Mudryk’s initial goal at the City Ground.

However, in the last ten minutes, Pochettino’s team managed to score twice, turning the match into a close 3-2 win and catching up with Newcastle United in sixth place, with two matches left in the season.

Jackson, who headed in a cross from the returning Chelsea captain Reece James to clinch the win, was still criticized by former England winger Chris Waddle for his performance, prompting Waddle to suggest that Chelsea should look for a new striker this summer.

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Jackson has netted 14 goals in 33 Premier League appearances this season.

“Chelsea have got ability and some very good players,” Waddle said on BBC Radio 5 Live after the Premier League thriller. “There is a lot of players you can build around next season, but they definitely need a goal scorer.

“If they get a centre forward you will see Chelsea pushing for the top four next season. They just shaded it tonight.

“But Chelsea have got to sort it out next season. They have got some class players and sometimes they do play too slow. They are going the right way, but the top four is a long way off.”

Waddle also criticised Jackson during the half-time interval and suggested his performance level meant Chelsea were playing without a striker.

“A fair result so far,” he said. “Forest have had the better chances, but Chelsea have dominated the ball and they’re not looking to hurt Forest.

“Chelsea don’t have a centre forward. You cannot tell me that Raheem Sterling cannot do better than Nicolas Jackson!”

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