Nicolas Jackson and Chelsea duo respond emphatically to Graeme Souness demand

Nicolas Jackson of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on May 05, 2024 in London, England.
Nicolas Jackson scored twice in Chelsea's 5-0 Premier League win against West Ham on Sunday -Credit:(Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea improved drastically over the last few months with three players answering a clear demand from Graeme Souness. The Blues have lost just one Premier League game in the last three months with six wins in the process helping them be in with a chance of qualifying for Europe.

After spending much of the season lingering in mid-table, Chelsea are now two points off the top six following the 5-0 win against West Ham. Nicolas Jackson (x2) Cole Palmer, Conor Gallagher and Noni Madueke were all on target in the win with Mauricio Pochettino's side keeping their third clean sheet in five league games.

Jackson's brace comes after goals against Tottenham and Everton with the Senegal international now hitting his aim of 15 for the season in all competitions. Alongside his improvements, the likes of Moises Caicedo, Noni Madueke and Conor Gallagher have stepped up in recent weeks with two of that quarter answering a clear demand from Souness.

"Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo… they’re not really showing £100m-player qualities right now," he told talkSPORT back in March. "They have to improve. [Nicolas] Jackson up front has to improve too.

"They will all be hoping this is a learning year for them but they have to up their game. I try to cut them some slack because they’re young but those three have to start turning up, and others. If they don’t Chelsea are going to have to go again when it comes to spending money.

"Because if that’s their quality they’re a mid-table team, and that won’t be acceptable to the owners or the fans. That’s a group of supporters who are used to winning silverware." Having picked up numerous victories in the last few months, Chelsea's chances of playing in the Europa League next season, especially considering their upcoming fixtures compared to those around them, have drastically increased.

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Despite it appearing very possible Chelsea finish in the top six, Pochettino played down talk of that outcome meaning it would be a successful season. "I don't want to say nothing because from the beginning of the season I said the objective always is to win because we are Chelsea but that created too much pressure," Pochettino admitted.

"The team is now going to be focusing to rest tomorrow and Tuesday prepare for the game on Saturday. The objective for us is to be mature and to keep the momentum and to compete, improving in every single game. We are going to try to be in Europe. It's going to be good for the team and the players to be in Europe next season."