Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has joked that he needs to keep Lewis Grabban “in the fridge”, but the Reds really need something a little warmer.

Like a fire to be lit under the 31-year-old striker.

Keeping him fresh is imperative at this stage, as he has little competition.

A summer of much movement on Trentside delivered attacking outgoings, but few incomings.

As a result, Grabban has become something of a one-man band.

If he doesn’t play, then what is the alternative?

Daryl Murphy? Jason Cummings?

That will not be a road Forest head down unless they are forced.

Lamouchi is determined to keep Grabban off the treatment table and leading the line.

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He said in the Nottingham Post after seeing a frontman short on chances open his goal account for 2019-20 in a 1-1 draw with Leeds: “He will be very important because, first, we don’t have a lot of strikers. So I will put him in the fridge after all games!

“He is doing a lot for the team. He is working good.

“We need to do more for him because he didn’t have a lot of chances. It was the same case last week [against West Brom], and also at Leeds.”

The start of the new season has been more of a case of famine than feast for Grabban.

Across his two outings to date, he has taken just 53 touches.

He has been feeding off scraps.

A scruffy effort at Elland Road does, however, mean that he is up and running for the campaign.

The challenge now is to bring even more out of a proven performer.

Grabban’s career is littered with instances in which goals have come in flurries.

Whether he can be considered a confidence player or not, it is clear that any striker feels better about themselves when delivering end product.

Forest need plenty of that.

Alternative

 

There may not be too many alternative sources.

Unless, of course, another option can be found at the bottom of the free agent bargain bucket.

Lamouchi is digging deep there.

It would be a surprise if his rummage were to deliver no reward, with it clear that another body is required in an already overinflated squad.

There is also a need though to keep Grabban healthy and happy.

Wind him up and let him go.

A testing afternoon in West Yorkshire which delivered a share of the spoils should aid that cause.

Forest will be hoping the fuse has been lit.

Ensuring that Grabban remains available by any means possible – be that through refrigeration or whatever else comes to mind – is essential, but the Reds must ensure they do not freeze a man with the potential to ignite.

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