As Chelsea suffers yet another defeat, Mauricio Pochettino urges Nicolas Jackson to “grow up.”
Pochettino was hired as Chelsea’s head coach this summer with the goal of improving the club’s fortunes following a dismal 12th-place finish in the Premier League the previous season.
However, with the west Londoners having won only one of their first six Premier League games this season, Chelsea’s nightmare shows no signs of ending.
This last Saturday, the Blues played Villa at Stamford Bridge but once again played poorly and lost 1-0 with Malo Gusto getting sent off prior to Ollie Watkins’ winning goal.
After the game, Pochettino was explicitly asked about summer acquisition Jackson, who had yet again failed to score and had received his fifth caution of the year, making him suspended for Chelsea’s upcoming meeting.
Given Chelsea’s goal-scoring issues and Jackson’s limited goal tally thus far, great pressure has been placed on the 22-year-old striker’s shoulders since he joined the Blues from Villarreal in a £30 million move.
After losing to Villa, Pochettino was asked about Jackson. He responded, “We were talking, we need to grow up as a team.”
Nico is a young player that is adjusting to the Premier League. Football is a game about winning, but young players need to learn.
Therefore, we are disappointed. There are far too many instances like this.
Gusto was sent off, but Pochettino refuses to blame him in any way for Chelsea’s loss.
If Gusto’s tackle was required, Pochettino answered, “It is our responsibility.”
I’m not going to accuse Malo Gusto of anything since incidents do occasionally occur in football and have an impact on the game.
On Wednesday, Chelsea will play again when they host Brighton in the Carabao Cup.