Mauricio Pochettino praised Nicolas Jackson’s flexibility with the forward able to be deployed in multiple positions to suit the needs of the team and system being employed by the head coach.
Speaking during his press conference ahead of our visit to Crystal Palace, the boss singled out the Senegalese forward’s versatility with Jackson able to play across the front line, starting on the left during the Blues’ 3-1 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup, scoring Chelsea’s second.
Pochettino believes the 22-year-old’s adaptability allows him to get the best out of Jackson, with the head coach impressed since his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.
‘He started on the left [against Aston Villa], but football is dynamic and he has to move,’ Pochettino began.
‘Yes, I think he is a player that can play in this place. I am so happy because of the characteristics, he always plays better when he is facing the goal rather than his back to the goal.
‘He is more comfortable. The pace, the speed, the capacity to arrive from the second line. He showed in the goal he scored how he arrives from the second line and can score.
‘I am so happy because the commitment is amazing also. After arriving from the Africa Cup of Nations, it is important for him to recover and feel the net. So happy, very pleased with his performance.’
Praising his entire squad for the attitude they showcased during the Aston Villa win, Pochettino is hoping to build on that ahead of Monday night's trip to Selhurst Park.
He added: ‘I think in the way we are training, the way the players behave, the attitude we are showing – I think we are improving. It's about winning the next game and getting the feelings we build from Aston Villa.’