Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated his trust in Blues forward Nicolas Jackson ahead of our Premier League encounter against Arsenal.

The Senegal international arrived from Villarreal in the summer and has featured regularly in the Premier League this campaign, notching ten top-flight goals and proving himself a key figure in Pochettino’s squad.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s trip to Arsenal, the Chelsea boss feels Jackson’s efforts have been underappreciated in his first full season in England and the Premier League, with Pochettino backing his number 15, who has stepped up in the unfortunate absence of his fellow forwards.

He began: ‘Football is a dynamic system and you need to adapt to the circumstances. The circumstances are a young striker arrived from Spain and then different offensive players, like Christopher Nkunku or Armando Broja, were not available in a way that would allow him to rest.

‘That’s why it’s unfair not to give him the praise or credit for the effort that he has been making. He was also involved in the Africa Cup of Nations and I think he has been doing a fantastic job for the team.

‘We are going to give him all the support for him to be in the future calmer in front of goal and to increase the percentage of scoring goals.'

And with Jackson having been so heavily involved across the campaign, Pochettino believes the young forward has earned patience.

‘This is normal, he is young,’ the Chelsea head coach continued. ‘He needs to deal with the pressure of playing for Chelsea with all the new things that have happened.

‘He has increased his social media followers – before it was not too much and now in the Premier League it has increased and it’s how you deal with this situation.

‘It is so important for him to adapt and to assimilate to all the new stimulation from the outside. We can not judge an end product – he's potentially an amazing striker and step by step he is getting better and better.

‘The first season is always difficult for all the players, even more so when you are a striker and you need to perform and score goals – and everyone expects you to score a goal with every single touch.

‘I’ve said before, if we want the players to match the icon players here like (Didier) Drogba, if we compare, always he is going to lose. If we split the history of the club with the performance of the team and Jackson, I think he is doing fantastic.

‘He is going to have all support because even if doesn’t score, he is fighting for the club, fighting for his teammates and the team, producing chances of himself alone.

'He is going to be better next season for sure, no doubt about that, and he needs to keep going.’