Drogba is a Jackson fan and believes he’ll become elite one day

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  • The Senegal international had another afternoon to forget against Man City.


Chelsea missed out on securing a spot in the FA Cup final, as Mauricio Pochettino’s team suffered a 1-0 defeat against Manchester City.

The Blues were unlucky not to get a penalty for what seemed like a clear handball by Jack Grealish in the second half. They also wasted numerous scoring opportunities, mostly falling to Nicolas Jackson.

The 22-year-old failed to convert several presentable chances at Wembley Stadium before Bernardo Silva netted in the game’s closing minutes to continue Chelsea’s awful results at the Home of Football in recent years.

Those misses came after last Monday’s embarrassing penalty incident against Everton at Stamford Bridge, in which the former Villarreal striker jostled with Noni Madueke for a spot-kick before Conor Gallagher intervened and handed the ball to Cole Palmer.

Jackson has been facing criticism after his side’s defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

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In a show of support, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba sent an encouraging message to Jackson, who has scored 13 goals in his debut English season.

“Keep your head High UP and never stop working hard; it will pay off,” read the Chelsea legend’s post on X.

Although Jackson’s debut season at Chelsea has been challenging, he has still managed to score 13 goals and provide five assists across all competitions.

However, he faces the weighty legacy of past strikers like Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, who have managed to live up to expectations at Chelsea over the past 20 years.

The 22-year-old has now received the backing of Drogba as he looks to cement himself in Chelsea’s team. 

Drogba, a modern-day icon at Chelsea, scored over 150 goals and won numerous titles, including four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and the Champions League.

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