He used to get compared to Drogba, but people see him differently now – Pochettino

Nicolas Jackson
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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he’s happy with the progress made by Nicolas Jackson.

Signed for £32m from Villarreal, Jackson struggled to impress at first, as he was fond of missing easy chances.

The 22-year-old has however grown in his performances in recent months, and pundits and fans are beginning to change their opinion of him.

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is pleased that people now see Jackson differently.

“I think Nico has the potential to be a very, very good striker, a fantastic striker. It is only about patience and time,” said Pochettino.

“He got criticism from the beginning because he was always compared with Didier Drogba after he had been here a few years.

“And when I talk about the history of the club, it is the same… we are in the process of building a team to match the history of Chelsea.

“To judge and be so radical with your opinions, be careful because it is about seeing what is going on and what we are doing here.

“With Nico, through confidence and through working really hard, he is changing opinions.

“I accept, if you are seeing things that you do not like then you can describe it but because football is so dynamic and can change, I am so happy that people are now seeing Nico in the way we saw him [earlier in the season].”