Explained: Why Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson travelled back to Villarreal despite Mauricio Pochettino’s ‘no day off’ warning to squad after Newcastle loss


Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson was spotted in Villarreal’s dressing room just a day after the Blues suffered a 4-1 defeat against Newcastle.

The Chelsea star – who came from Villarreal in the summer for £30 million ($38m) – travelled to Spain less than 24 hours after the club’s humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Jackson attended The Yellow Submarine’s home game against Osasuna in La Liga, which they won 3-1, and was later spotted in their dressing room congratulating his former team-mates.

Mauricio Pochettino was left fuming after his club conceded four goals for the third consecutive game. He termed the match as their worst performance in the ongoing season and had also strictly mentioned that there would be no off day for his players post the disastrous show at St. James’ Park.

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The striker’s tour to Spain was pre-planned and approved by the club before the disastrous result against the Magpies, according to The Standard.

After a rough start to life in England, the Senegalese picked up form in the last couple of months. Prior to Saturday’s clash, he had netted four goals in his last two Premier League appearances which includes a hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur.


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