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Are Tammy Abraham’s recent Chelsea struggles over?

Tammy Abraham was the spark that lit the fire of goalscoring at Stamford Bridge this season. The striker has scored 11 goals and tallied three assists in the Premier League notching 99 Fantasy Premier League points.

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His recent fitness struggles following a hip injury suffered versus Valencia in the Champions League has led to a dip in form. It isn’t just a personal dip in form as the rest of Chelsea have struggled to pick up points in recent gameweeks.

Tammy Abraham dictates Chelsea form

Abraham has failed to score in his last two Premier League matches with both resulting in Chelsea losses. The Blues have lost six times in the Premier League and all of those losses saw Abraham fail to score for Chelsea. His goalscoring has been a catalyst to Chelsea playing well. FPL managers have also benefitted from Abraham’s great play.

Since gameweek 13, Abraham has appeared in four of five league matches for an average of 4.5 FPL points per gameweek. While that figure isn’t terrible, Abraham has dipped in points per week since early on in the Premier League season.

In terms of FPL price, Abraham is not expensive. The striker costs just £8 million ahead of gameweek 18. It is a great price for a forward that has proven himself in the early stages of the season. The big question is, can he keep continue scoring FPL points?

A tough run of games

Chelsea have a difficult run of matches on the horizon. Gameweek 18 sees Chelsea visit Tottenham Hotspur. It will be a difficult match as Jose Mourinho has Spurs playing better than a few weeks ago. Gameweek 20 will see Chelsea play Arsenal.

The Blues have a much more difficult run of games coming up in gameweek 24. Chelsea will play Arsenal (a second time), Leicester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur (a second time). Abraham failed to score or tally an assist against Manchester United or Leicester City in gameweeks 1 and 2.

Frank Lampard has plans of adding another forward to the Chelsea squad in January. Olivier Giroud is likely to be sold with Lampard seeking a younger forward to give competition to Abraham.

Former Sunderland and current Bordeaux forward Josh Maja is on Lampard’s shopping list for January. The striker has scored five goals in 16 matches with a majority of those coming as substitute appearances.

Tammy Abraham has been a strong performer but his dip in form could be a long-term issue. If it is, Chelsea could fall out of the top Premier League top four.