Nicolas Jackson to Chelsea: Why did the Senegal forward move to Stamford Bridge?

Nicolas Jackson also opened about how he looked up to some of the popular former Chelsea strikers while growing up.

Nicolas Jackson in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@ChelseaFC
By Karthik Raman | Jul 1, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Chelsea have made an exciting new addition to their squad with the signing of young centre-forward Nicolas Jackson. The Senegal striker is one of most promising prospects out there with many backing him to have an excellent career. He just had a memorable campaign with Spanish side Villarreal during the 2022-23 season. The versatile centre-forward known for his pace will be a valuable addition for the Blues.

After completing the move, he spoke about what he thinks of the Stamford Bridge stadium, which has the supporters near the pitch. “This is the first time I’ve been to Stamford Bridge, it’s perfect. It’s very big and the fans are near the pitch. The Villarreal stadium is like that, so I’m used to the fans being right up close to the pitch and I like that a lot,” he was quoted as saying by the club’s website.

‘Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world’

Nicolas Jackson also opened about how he looked up to some of the popular former Chelsea strikers while growing up. “I wanted to join a big team and Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world, plus I’ve watched them since I was young. I watched Demba Ba, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka was good too, big players. So I always dreamed of playing for a team like this. When Chelsea came there was no question in my mind. I always had this kind of team in my mind,” he added.

“I talked to my family and my agent and I have icons who played here – Drogba and Ba, big strikers. So when Chelsea came my heart said the answer should be yes and I decided to follow it and come here. I remember the Champions League final in 2012 and especially when Drogba scored that header right at the end. I watched those players for Chelsea when I was growing up so I decided to follow in their footsteps. Hopefully that’s what continues to happen now I’m here.”

Nicolas Jackson on Premier League

Nicolas Jackson then went on to explain how great it is to be playing in the Premier League for him. “It’s amazing to have this feeling. I watched English football when I was in Africa and now I am here, so it’s a good feeling for me. I grew up watching the Premier League because for me it is the best league in the world, so I love the Premier League and I know a lot about it and Chelsea. I met Demba when I went to Senegal with the national team and wanted to ask him about Chelsea when I saw him during the last international break, but I couldn’t because there were too many people around,” he elaborated.

“So I decided to wait and text him about it once I have signed for Chelsea and send him the shirt I wore for my signing too. I spoke to my agent Diomansy Kamara about the Premier League as well, because he played in England for a few teams, including Fulham, so he knows the league and this area. He told me everything about playing here so I know a lot about it.”

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