Lewis Grabban will not be the joining of exodus of striking talent at Nottingham Forest, will he?

Surely the club’s 17-goal top scorer from last season will be staying put.

Won’t he?

There has been no suggestion that the Reds are looking to move a proven performer on.

Questions are, however, being asked of the 31-year-old.

Not of his ability to put the ball in the net.

An impressive CV means there is no debate to be had there.

There are, however, concerns over his attitude and commitment to the cause.

It has been a difficult few weeks for Grabban.

He has barely had a sniff across his pre-season outings so far, despite Forest bolstering their ranks of creativity.


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As a man who lives off goals, he could do with a few before the real business starts on August 3.

That is if he is still at the club!

Reds legend Kenny Burns has suggested that a sale should be considered if Grabban’s heart is no longer in the fight.

He has said in the Nottingham Post: “Lewis Grabban scores goals, which we know, who else will step up?

“That said, he just doesn’t look happy in his work.

“I don’t know if that’s just his demeanour or if there’s something else at play – if he is unhappy here, then the club should look to try and move him on before his value decreases significantly.”

There is a big jump between looking a bit grumpy and wanting out.

If the target is found a few times, then Grabben will be all sweetness and light again.

A smile will return to his face, with a spring back in his step.

What he needs, rather than a switch elsewhere, is a few bodies in alongside him.

Burns concedes as much, saying: “Take out Grabban and Tyler Walker, who still remains unproven at this level, then there’s nothing much behind them in terms of strikers

“So the need to bring in quality has to be high on the agenda for Lamouchi.”



The Forest boss admits that he remains in the market for fresh faces.

You would expect strikers to sit at the top of his shopping list.

He has already moved out Apostolos Vellios and Hillal Soudani, with Jason Cummings expected to follow suit.

Daryl Murphy may even head for the exits.

Add Grabban to that list and the Reds really would be scraping the barrel.

To part with the most potent attacking weapon at the club would be a bemusing call.

It is unlikely to be made.

Burns is right to suggest that Lamouchi needs everybody to be pulling in the same direction.

Grabban will do that if given the backing to do what he does best.

Support for said frontman, not a successor to, is what Forest need right now.

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