Nicolas Jackson has both impressed and frustrated since becoming a Chelsea player earlier this summer.
A relatively unheralded forward compared to come of the big names we’ve signed up front over the years, his work rate and runs in behind pleased fans from the first moment in preseason.
The Premier League matches so far have seen the good and the bad of the former Villareal man made clear. On the one hand, he’s by some distance our most threatening player. He’s got 0.87 non penalty expected goals and assists per game according to FBref.
That means he’s taking shots from good positions and he’s putting the ball into dangerous areas for others. That’s all good.
The problem is that he’s so far got 1 goal and no assists. We’ve got faith that those underlying numbers mean he will come good – but there’s no doubt going to be further frustration along the way.