EPL: Former Arsenal defender blasts Chelsea striker over poor performance

EPL: Former Arsenal defender blasts Chelsea striker over poor performance

Former Arsenal defender, Lee Dixon has hit out at Chelsea striker, Nicolas Jackson, saying his finishing wouldn’t be out of place in ‘League Two’.

Dixon believes Jackson, who joined Chelsea from Villarreal over the summer transfer window, is lacking confidence in front of goal.

Jackson has made a somewhat difficult start to life at Chelsea following his £32million move to the west London club.

The 22-year-old has impressed with his work rate, physicality and link-up play earning comparisons to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

But importantly, his shooting skills leave a lot to be desired as he has so far scored just one goal from his first five Premier League games this season, despite having taken 18 shots, the sixth highest in the English top-flight league so far.

“Jackson looks like he’s devoid of all confidence in front of goal. I was watching him in the game [against Bournemouth] playing on the shoulder and he made some good little runs.

“I think that is why he catches your eye when you first see him play at the start of the season, and you think: ‘Oh, hang on, he’s got a bit of something here’. He stretches the player, little spins on the shoulder, gets in behind and that was never a bad thing.

“If you do that, you’ve always got half a chance. He gets in those positions but what happens after that… Some of his shooting, wow. It was like League Two.”

He added, “That can’t be his finishing because he would not ever get a chance to play at that level. There is a huge lack of confidence. I’m sure it doesn’t help playing in a side that is 14th.”

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