Lewis Grabban is about to see penalty duty taken off him at Nottingham Forest.

A £6 million striker may be the Reds’ most potent attacking weapon, but one route to goal is set to be blocked.

He can have few complaints.

Grabban has 16 efforts to his name across all competitions this season.

He really should be at the fabled 20-goal mark.

That is because he has failed on four occasions from the spot.

Fortunately for him, none of his misses have cost Forest everything.

They could, however, have four more points on the board had his eye been a little more in.

A first fluffing of the lines came against Wigan, in a 2-2 draw, with Grabban yet to break his duck at that point.

Another 2-2 stalemate, this time at Blackburn, delivered two penalties, two goals but no hat-trick.


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Two penalties were also awarded to Forest in a 3-0 victory at Bolton, with Grabban converting only one.

And his most recent failure came during a 2-1 win over Brentford – a game in which he also found the target.

The only game in which he has stepped up from 12 yards on one occasion and hit the net this season was a 1-0 edging out of Rotherham.

That is not the best of records for a finisher of his calibre.

As a result, he is about to pay the price.

Forest cannot afford to let golden opportunities pass them by, so a change is in the offing.

Grabban is going to have to step aside.

Martin O’Neill has said in the Nottingham Post of his penalty poser: “Well we have had a conversation about it… but we haven’t told Grabban yet!

“It could very well be somebody else who takes the next one. Perhaps it might be me!”


That would certainly be a fresh twist on the penalty routine.

Like bringing on a goalkeeper in extra-time or giving Jamie Vardy a spot kick immediately after introducing him off the bench (oops, Leicester).

You would fancy O’Neill over Grabban as things stand!

Who, though, is likely to get the nod?

Joe Lolley must be a serious contender, given the power and panache in his left foot.

It was he who stepped up first in the Carabao Cup shootout with Bury earlier this season and ended up taking two before that remarkable tie was settled.

Jack Colback is another you would back not to buckle under pressure, while Joao Carvalho boasts the necessary technique if on the field at the time.

Leo Bonatini has taken penalties in the past, while Adlene Guedioura and Ben Osborn often fancy themselves over a dead ball.

Plenty of potential takers then ready to snatch the ball off Grabban the next time a referee points to the spot.

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