Dimitar Berbatov fires warning over Chelsea star Nicolas Jackson
Dimitar Berbatov has warned that it is still ‘early days’ for Nicolas Jackson despite his hat-trick for Chelsea at Tottenham and insists we ‘can’t forget’ that Spurs had two players sent off in the match.
Jackson scored three goals as the Blues smashed Spurs 4-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday, a match which saw Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie dismissed in the 33rd minute and 55th minute respectively.
The Senegal international striker has registered six goals across 13 games for the west Londoners this season and while Berbatov feels the hat-trick will be good for Jackson’s confidence, he has played down the 22-year-old’s heroics against Spurs.
‘That hat-trick is going to be good for Nicolas Jackson, obviously,’ Berbatov told Betfair following Chelsea’s win over his former club.
‘He’s stating his position by saying, ‘I can be the No.9 for Chelsea’ – but it’s still early days for him. He needs to continue to work hard to get scoring opportunities.
‘Sometimes when he gets in a good scoring opportunity, his shot on goal is missing.
‘The Tottenham game will be good for his confidence, although we can’t forget that it was 11 vs 9, so it was easy for him to get those scoring opportunities.
‘The important thing was that when he got those scoring opportunities, he scored the goals.
‘It’s a good hat-trick for him to build his confidence, but consistency will be a major factor for him.’
Jackson will be hoping to get on the scoresheet again when Chelsea return to action on Sunday as they host champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.