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Gary Neville says he is actually a fan of Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson

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Gary Neville voices support for Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson amidst criticism

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has voiced his admiration for Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson, amidst criticism of the player’s performances this season.

Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast, Neville expressed his support for the Senegal international, despite acknowledging the ups and downs of Jackson’s recent outings.

He said: “I actually like Nicolas Jackson. It might be an unpopular opinion on here, but I like him. I think he has a lot to give. He is a young player, and I think that he has not cost stupid money, this is his first full season in the Premier League, he scored quite a few goals and he keeps going, and there is a lot to be said for that.

“And, he might not be striker number one, but if he was your striker number two or three in a squad of 18 to 20, you would say, ‘I will take that’.”

Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Aston Villa saw Jackson make significant contributions, including a near-goal and a consistent attacking presence. However, his performance also drew scrutiny, particularly following a missed opportunity in the first half.

Nonetheless, Neville’s endorsement comes as a boost to Jackson, who faces mounting pressure to prove his worth in the Chelsea squad, especially with injuries limiting the team’s attacking options.

With a crucial London derby against Tottenham on the horizon, Jackson aims to demonstrate his capabilities and solidify his place in Chelsea’s plans for the future.

As the transfer window approaches, speculation swirls around Chelsea’s pursuit of a striker. Jackson’s determination to impress could influence the club’s decisions as they weigh their options for bolstering the squad.

Despite the uncertainties, Neville’s public support serves as a vote of confidence for the 22-year-old forward as he strives to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.

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