Following a pair of braces in Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Norwich in week 3 and the Blues’ 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge against Sheffield United, Tammy Abraham had to be absolutely raring to go for the week 5 trip to the Molineux. However, fantasy managers may have held tempered expectations, given that the young striker’s week 3 & 4 successes came against teams which had just been promoted from the Championship.
Week 5 seemed like a comparatively daunting affair, traveling to Wolverhampton, which had remarkably finished in 7th place in the EPL last season. Through the first four games this time around, the defensive-minded outfit had lost just once, conceding five times (1.25 gpg), but it hadn’t won any either.
Abraham and Chelsea, of course, had other ideas. The Blues didn’t just keep things going, they actually turned it up a notch, as Abraham delivered a brilliant hattrick in a 5-2 blitz of a shell-shocked Wolves outfit. Central defender Willy Boly missed out through suspension, and Abraham made life absolutely miserable for Nuno Espirito Santo’s refashioned central defensive trio of Jesus Vallejo (Boly’s fill-in), Conor Coady, and Roman Saiss (who replaced Ryan Bennett). Marvel at the highlights as Abraham sets up shop in dangerous areas of Wolves’ penalty box, consistently creating space and finishing with ruthless aplomb:
Look at this list of the top goal scorers from the Championship last season:
1. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) - 29 goals
2(T). Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa, on loan) - 25 goals
2(T). Neil Maupay (Brentford) - 25 goals
Now gander at the Premier League leaders so far this campaign:
1(T). Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) - 7 goals
1(T). Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) - 7 goals
3. Teemu Pukki (Norwich) - 6 goals
And here’s the board of FPL points leaders:
1. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) - 49 points
2. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) - 46 points
3. Mo Salah (Liverpool) - 45 points
4. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) - 42 points
5. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - 40 points
What in the name of Jiminy Cricket is going on? Isn’t there supposed to be a Grand Canyon-sized gulf in talent (and defensive fortitude) between England’s top two tiers? Apparently not! 29-year old Pukki netted a hattrick against Newcastle in week 2 and hasn’t stopped scoring. Now 21-year old Abraham is in sublime form highlighted by his own hatty at Wolves in week 5, as the youngster has amazingly scored his 7 goals in just the last three games.
At the moment, Pukki is in 40% of FPL teams, and Abraham has been selected by 21%. How high will those numbers climb now? Can Abraham — who is an injury doubt with a knock suffered late in the Wolves game — come close to catching Pukki’s selection level by the start of Week 6? Should fantasy managers simply fill their teams completely with players who just came up from the Championship?
How do you feel about the young Chelsea sensation? Answer the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments!
How does Tammy Abraham fit in your fantasy plans?
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