Nicolas Jackson: Is the goal-shy Senegalese the worst striker in Chelsea history?

Nicolas Jackson: Is the goal-shy Senegalese the worst striker in Chelsea history?

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 11:07 - 24.04.2024

Chelsea need an alternative to Nicolas Jackson in the summer window to avoid falling further behind.

Nicolas Jackson, the man with all the physical gifts but seemingly cursed with the inability to find the back of the net when it matters most.

The frustration of Chelsea fans has reached new heights as they watch the Senegalese striker squander chance after chance, leaving them scratching their heads and questioning if he's the worst striker the club has ever seen.

Against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final, the 22-year-old was guilty of missing 3 golden opportunities to score.

He is a striker of many qualities but a lack of confidence in his finishing means you can forget about him troubling the scoreboard consistently.

How bad is Chelsea's Nicolas Jackson?

Nicolas Jackson mised 3 big chances against Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinal | Getty

Jackson has converted just 32% of his 'big chances' this season, ranking him 25th out of 26 players from Europe's top 5 leagues with at least 30 shots in all competitions.

The only player with a worse conversion rate is Darwin Nunez on 20%.

A series of fluffed shots and wayward finishes have become a trademark of his performances, leaving fans torn between awe at his athleticism and exasperation at his wayward shooting.

See what Chelsea fans want to do to Nicolas Jackson after their loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup.

Against Arsenal last night, he made little inroads, and when presented with a glaring opportunity, he could only find the side of the net.

The Blues went on to lose 5-0 in what was possibly the worst game of Pochettino's time in charge, and Jackson looked like a man asked to perform a role for the first time, without a single clue on what to do.

His tally of 13 goals and 5 assists this season is not terrible for a debut campaign, but the numbers fail to tell the full story.

In the grand scheme of Chelsea's history, Jackson's struggles have drawn comparisons to other strikers who have graced the Stamford Bridge. From the legendary Didier Drogba to the enigmatic Diego Costa, the list of esteemed forwards is long and illustrious.

However, the Blues are unlikely to hit those heights again with their #15 leading the line.

So, is Nicolas Jackson Chelsea's worst-ever striker? Well, the jury's still out on that one. But one thing's for sure – he's certainly making a compelling case for the title.

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