With a shaky start to life in the Premier League, the £32 million summer signing is still an intriguing case.
Nicolas Jackson might take off at Chelsea if he scores his first hat-trick of the season.
The £32 million summer acquisition proved to be the game-winning goal as the Blues defeated Tottenham on Monday night despite having nine players.
After a challenging start to life at Stamford Bridge, his treble helped Chelsea to a 4-1 victory that will live long in the memory of the Chelsea supporters. It should also greatly boost his confidence.
Following the game, Jackson remarked, “I made my childhood dream come true. I have been dreaming of this since I was young.” “I’m overjoyed.”
Even said, the match demonstrated why there are still a lot of unanswered issues over the 22-year-old Senegalese attacker. Jackson does not appear convincing in front of the goal and squandered a clear opportunity at 1-1.
Chelsea’s evening was summed up by his performance.
Like the squad, he was uneasy in the first fifteen minutes as the Blues fell behind the hosts and trailed by a goal.
He then grew into the game and, after Cristian Romero was sent off, had a goal correctly disallowed for offside.
It was one of many offside calls against Jackson, who exuded nervous energy against Ange Postecoglou’s high defensive line.
Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino told his players to “kill” Spurs at half-time and told Jackson that his pace would be key because of the space he had to run in behind.
But initially, when chances came, he continued to look anxious in front of goal.
Jackson missed a one-on-one and a close-range header before he eventually turned home a cross from Raheem Sterling to put Chelsea 2-1 up in the 75th minute.
In truth, Sterling put the chance on a plate and was devastating all night.
Equally, the returning Reece James took on the mantle of creator-in-chief and was immediately taken off after the third goal to protect him after his recent hamstring problems.
Jackson was named man-of-the-match and Chelsea will hope the confidence he gains will be a springboard, with Manchester City visiting Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Jackson showed last season at Villarreal that he could be a streaky player when he scored eight goals in eight games at the end of the season which earned him his big transfer.
But his up-and-down night showed why there are still doubts over whether he is the top-level goalscorer Chelsea need to lead their attack. His expected goals (xG) last night was 3.37, and none of his three finishes were particularly difficult.
Chelsea will turn to the transfer market again and could look to bring in someone in January, which would put his place in the team under threat.
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino said: “I am happy for him because we know that when strikers don’t score, they suffer. So that is for people to think.
“He is young, arrived at the club this summer, and it’s not easy to play for Chelsea. It’s the history, of winning and lifting trophies.
“That’s why, as a coaching staff, we need to provide the tools and be calm with the way we assess things. The confidence is there and I am so happy for him because he deserves the boost.”