Chelsea may find themselves with the green light to field Nicolas Jackson against Brighton in the Carabao Cup’s third round, exploiting a lesser-known loophole. In the current 2023-24 season. Mauricio Pochettino’s squad has had a dismal start, securing just one victory in the Premier League against Luton Town. While enduring three losses and two draws. Their upcoming clash with the Seagulls in the Carabao Cup third round, scheduled for Wednesday, had seemed hindered due to the absence of two pivotal stars. Jackson accrued his fifth yellow card of the season, while Malo Gusto received a red card in their previous match.
Nevertheless, Blues enthusiasts can take solace in the fact that yellow card suspensions do not, in fact, carry over into the Carabao Cup, rendering Jackson eligible for participation. Sadly, the same cannot said for Gusto, as his red card will render him ineligible following his sending-off during the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Sunday.
Jackson’s availability will surely be music to Pochettino’s ears. Especially since Chelsea has already found themselves under intense scrutiny at the commencement of the season. Deprived of Jackson, the Blues lack an established focal point in the center, particularly with Christopher Nkunku sidelined due to injury.
Even with the Senegalese striker in the lineup. Chelsea has struggled to find back of the net, their last goal coming in a 2-1 triumph back in August. Despite having invested over £1 billion, Stamford Bridge has been cast under a glaring spotlight due to their underwhelming start. Nonetheless, Pochettino has advocated for patience and development within his youthful squad.
“We have been in discussions about the need for collective growth, not just individual progress,” Pochettino remarked. “Players like Nico, who are still quite young and adapting to the Premier League, require time. In games of this nature, we are competing with the goal of winning. But young players need opportunities to learn, gain experience, and make mistakes. It’s why we’re dishearten, as we’ve encountered numerous situations like this. Ultimately, these issues result in losses, and we are in a position that requires swift transformation.”