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Chelsea impressed so far with the performances of Nicolas Jackson

Graham Potter

Chelsea is currently in deliberations regarding whether to pursue a striker in the January transfer window. Or postpone such a move until the summer. There seems to be considerable reliance on Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja to provide the necessary goal-scoring impetus for Chelsea. That is to secure a spot in European competition.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Jackson has amassed six goals in the Premier League, which includes a hat-trick against Spurs, according to Transfermarkt. Beyond his on-field contributions, it is his off-field demeanor that has notably impressed Mauricio Pochettino and the coaching staff. Jackson exudes confidence behind the scenes and is a highly likable character.

The return of Christopher Nkunku from a knee injury is crucial and well-timed for Chelsea. Nkunku is to make his debut in December, despite initially aiming to rejoin the squad for the trip to Newcastle earlier in the month.

Will Chelsea delay the recruitment of a new striker?

Chelsea’s recruitment team and football staff are in agreement about the immediate impact Christopher Nkunku can bring to the team. If he performs exceptionally well from the outset, Chelsea might opt to delay any move for a striker.

The challenge for Chelsea lies in their pursuit of an elite forward. The club is not inclined to make a purchase solely for the sake of it or out of panic, as might be argued with the case of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when Clearlake-Boehly initially joined.

There’s little doubt that Harry Kane would have been in the wishlist if he hadn’t moved to Bayern. Chelsea is targeting a specific profile — not just someone with impressive statistics and potential, but a world-class finisher at the present moment. Identifying such players is challenging given their rarity in the market.

Victor Osimhen is another player Chelsea is monitoring closely. However, there is a prevailing sense of skepticism among all potential suitors that a move for him in January is likely to materialize.

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