Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise for the brilliant performance of our strikers Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson in the 3-0 win over Luton Town, believing the latter could be set to join his more experienced team-mate as a Premier League great.
Mauricio Pochettino saw his side continue to pick up momentum after two games which included quality performances but without the reward we deserved. That wasn’t the case tonight, as Raheem Sterling’s brace and Nicolas Jackson’s first Chelsea goal, set-up by Sterling, secured Pochettino’s first and fully deserved win as Blues head coach.
Sterling's role caught the eye with two goals and an assist, having also impressed in our opening two games of the season, and Pochettino has been delighted with the England international so far since arriving as our head coach.
'His commitment in the way he wants to contribute with the team, with his work ethic and quality, he deserves the full credit for his performance,' said Pochettino. 'We are very pleased and happy.
'He has the quality and he can provide the team goals and assists. And when we don’t have the ball, he works really hard to recover the ball as soon as possible. I’m so pleased for him.
'He told me last season was a difficult season for him, but I am very pleased when the player is happy. And when an offensive player can score or assist, for us it’s the best feeling.
'In our first conversation with all the players and our first conversation with Raheem, I love to ask the position that they love to play, to find out how they see themselves. It’s like putting the player in front of the mirror.
'It's not in the end the position that is most important, it’s the combination and the way that the team is going to link in between them. It’s to find the best position in the dynamic of the game we are playing in an offensive situation, to find the best platform and position and link, so the player can provide their best quality.
'That is why the process is really important and time to work, because to create all these links in the way that we want to play and get to know each other, we need time.'
Speaking after the victory over Luton at Stamford Bridge, Pochettino also discussed the other name on the score sheet, revealing he has been so impressed by the start Jackson has made since arriving from Villarreal that he believes the Senegal striker is on his way to becoming one of English football's top forwards himself.
'We are not asking for him to run a lot and press and recover the ball, he dies it because it’s his quality. We saw when we signed him. That is fantastic because his work ethic is amazing, and then to have the quality because he is fast, runs in behind the defensive line and has the quality to get the ball into the feet. It was only a matter of time before he was going to score goals as well.
'It’s difficult to find a player like him in the market. For me he has the potential to be one of the great Premier League strikers. He only needs time and we won’t rush with him, we will give him time and space to grow. His qualities are fantastic.'