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What Chelsea plan to do with Nicolas Jackson



What Chelsea plan to do with Nicolas Jackson

Chelsea suffer back to back losses just days after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Wembley with one name on the lips of fans’ mouth; the Blues’ infamous striker, Nicolas Jackson.

After a 5-0 humiliation to Arsenal away at the famous Emirates stadium, it seems the Blues are ready to initiate other plans for the Senegalese.

Nicolas Jackson, 22, faced a reality check in his team’s recent 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals, where his inability to convert promising opportunities drew scrutiny and raised questions about his reliability as Chelsea’s main center-forward in the upcoming campaign.

Renowned Rangers legend and talkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist has joined the chorus of skepticism surrounding Jackson’s ability to shoulder the responsibility of leading Chelsea’s frontline next season.

Throughout the current campaign, Nicolas Jackson has made 37 appearances, finding the back of the net on 13 occasions, a commendable feat but one that fails to assuage concerns about his consistency and clinical edge.

As Chelsea continue to explore options to bolster their attacking prowess, with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen among the names linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, the prospect of a new arrival threatens to overshadow Jackson’s position within the squad.

Graeme Bailey, an insider for HITC, shed light on the situation in an interview with The Chelsea Chronicle, suggesting that the club’s pursuit of Osimhen could spell trouble for Jackson’s future.

“[Romelu] Lukaku, I don’t see him coming back with Jackson being there as he is, who’s going to be the bonafide No.2 to that first-choice No.9 who they do want,” remarked Bailey. “Osimhen is still the one they desire, the one they want.”

However, the potential acquisition of Osimhen comes with a hefty price tag, with reports indicating a staggering €130m (£111.9m) release clause in his contract. Such a substantial investment would mark Osimhen as the second most expensive signing in Chelsea’s history, underscoring the club’s determination to secure his services.