Friday, September 29, 2023

Nicolas Jackson like Jamie Vardy, says Ben Chilwell, who names Chelsea striker’s strongest attributes

Ben Chilwell has likened Chelsea summer signing Nicolas Jackson to his former Leicester teammate Jamie Vardy.

Jackson put pen to paper on an eight-year deal at the Blues after an excellent end to last season with Villarreal.

Jackson has been quick to impress for ChelseaGetty

Chilwell saw Vardy’s true quality shine first hand at LeicesterGetty

It hasn’t taken long for him to impress Chelsea fans having scored two goals and assisted another three during pre-season.

They will be hoping the 22-year-old can be the next prolific striker to play for the club since Diego Costa, who left in 2017.

Jackson possesses incredible pace that allows him to breach the lines of the opposition defence and Chilwell is hoping his new teammate can use such speed to his advantage, similar to how Vardy did during his time at Leicester.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT about Jackson, he said: “Personally it’s a very different kind of centre-forward to a lot of centre-forwards you see nowadays, in a positive way.

“It’s a nice surprise in a way to see a no.9 that loves running in behind, it kind of takes me back to when I was at Leicester with Vards [Vardy].

“It’s definitely a strong attribute to have when you can do that and do that in a very threatening way.

“So, hopefully we can all give him the service that he needs and the service that I’m sure he will get when he’s got pace like that and wants to get in behind defences.”

Such a comparison could certainly be a good omen for Jackson thanks to Vardy’s efforts at Leicester.

The striker proved key in the Foxes’ Premier League title winGetty

In the 2015/16 season, he set a Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive games as the Foxes incredibly went on to win the title.

He has netted 136 times in 307 competitive appearances in the top flight, putting him in the illustrious Premier League 100 Club.

Jackson netted his first Blues goal in their 4-3 friendly win over Brighton before scoring the opener in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

With Christopher Nkunku set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury, Jackson is likely to be a consistent feature up front.

The Senegal international could get his first taste of Premier League action on Sunday when Chelsea host Liverpool.

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