Forced to work with what they have, courtesy of a transfer ban, Chelsea have given some of their youngsters a fresh lease on life. But you do get the feeling that Frank Lampard would look to Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham no matter what this season.
Lampard coached Mount while he was on loan at Derby last season and he knows exactly what he can expect from the young midfielder who scored nine goals and delivered four assists in the Championship. Abraham, meanwhile, has done very well in England’s second tier, scoring 26 goals on loan for Aston Villa last term and 23 for Bristol City during the 2016/17 campaign.
The pair of youngsters seem like the most likely Fantasy Premier League point-getters this season, but we probably shouldn’t sleep on Christian Pulisic. Lampard wasn’t going to leave him on the bench either after he came in as £59.6 million signing from Borussia Dortmund and was the only player they were able to bring in.
The American hasn’t opened his account for the Blues yet and was unfortunate to have a top-drawer strike ruled offside against Manchester United in the Blues season opener. However, he has shown some real promise and should grow into his role as a Blues winger as the season wears on.
So far, Pulisic has recorded two assists and has scored 13 FPL points. He looks quite threatening when on the ball and is the most expensive of the three at £7.4 million.
Mount, meanwhile, is on 22 points after scoring twice in his four Premier League. The 20-year-old has played every minute of Chelsea’s campaign in the top flight so far, with Emerson the only other Blue to do so until missing out due to injury this last weekend. He wants to make something happen on every possession and is probably the player who’s shown the most drive and energy in the Chelsea squad. His exploits this term have earned him a call-up to the England squad and great things are expected from the academy star. He is currently priced at £6.5 million but that could be on the rise pretty soon; note that he started out at £6.0 million.
Abraham missed out on a Three Lions call-up but that should work out well for the Blues. It was recently revealed that the striker is putting in extra hours on the training ground to work on his finishing and will likely use the international break to fine-tune his game. The 21-year-old forward leads Chelsea in scoring, with seven goals to his name so far. He started out at £7.0 and is now £7.3 but, with wildcard use probably use rife during the break and a hat-trick at the weekend, his price could be on the rise.
So who do you go with from the three if not all? Pulisic is still working his way up so you could keep him under watch for now. But we’d suggest Mount over Abraham as he’s a bit cheaper and his goals are more valuable – he’s likely to produce some assists as well, given the neat passing he’s shown. If you’re wanting a bargain striker who isn’t Teemu Pukki, though, then of course Tammy.
Mount is also the favorite Chelsea player to be named PFA Young Player of the Year and is 11/2 with Paddy Power while Tammy Abraham is 14/1 with Skybet. William Hill has Pulisic at 14/1 as well. Fans could also get the lowdown on the top bookies in the UK at The bookies.co.uk offers.
Betfair is offering odds on who will finish as Chelsea’s top scorer this season. Olivier Giroud last week was ahead of Abraham at 7/4 with the young Englishman at 9/4. They had Pulisic and Pedro next at 9/2. Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is yet to play but could be back after the break, was at 10/1 and Willian at 20/1. The 50/1 odds they were offering on Mason Mount were pretty attractive and certainly worth consideration.