Mauricio Pochettino is set to hand Cole Palmer a start vs Fulham on Monday,
Mauricio Pochettino has urged ‘very anxious’ Chelsea star Nicolas Jackson to take confidence from his goal in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup win over Brighton.

Jackson joined the Blues this summer in a £32m move from Villarreal and much pressure has been put on the 22-year-old’s shoulders to deliver goals.

The Senegal international forward has scored just twice across his opening eight games for the west Londoners in all competitions.

Chelsea face rivals Fulham on Monday night and Jackson is unable for selection after picking up five yellow cards already this term.

We talk a lot between the players and us, the coaching staff,’ Pochettino said on Friday.

It’s things you cannot stop. He is very anxious to score and do well, so sometimes you forget things.

‘He is growing fast. Now we are going to miss him on Monday but after the goal he scored against Brighton, I hope his confidence will be better.’

Quizzed if Cole Palmer will start the west London derby against Fulham, Pochettino added: ‘Yes, maybe, yes.

‘I’m so happy with his performance [against Brighton]. After only a few weeks with us he was able to perform very well and fit in the team.

‘He is a young, talented player. For sure he is on my mind [for Monday].’

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