It was clear to see Nicolas Jackson's frustration at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old striker picked up his fourth booking of the season in the second-half down on the south coast for dissent after the referee called him up on continuously having his arms around a Bournemouth player at a free-kick.
«Because he's a striker and he needs to score,» Mauricio Pochettino answered when asked about Jackson being booked four times this season already. «He is disappointed and frustrated, when something happens sometimes he complains, and today the rules about complaining to the referee is directly a yellow card. It's a rule and we need to accept it.»
Jackson was frustrated and he had every right to be. After a glistening pre-season tour of the United States, where Chelsea supporters felt as if they had finally solved their goal scoring woes, there were very high expectations of the Senegal international. And his form continued into the first game of the season against Liverpool, albeit without a goal to his name at Stamford Bridge.
The striker, who was signed for £30million in the summer transfer window from Villarreal, missed a golden opportunity on his Premier League debut. On 43 minutes into the opening game of the season for Chelsea, with the score level at 1-1, Reece James whipped a low cross to the near post and found Jackson perfectly but the finish was far from perfect. He skied it from very close range, leaving the striker floored with his head in his hands.
Despite this huge opportunity, though, Jackson was brilliant on the day. It was essentially the perfect striker's performance without actually finding the back of the net. He was a real nuisance to Ibrahima Konate and Virgil van Dijk on the day.
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