Lewis Grabban is back doing what he does best for Nottingham Forest – scoring goals and silencing critics.

As a striker, questions will never be far away from the 31-year-old.

Go a few games without hitting the net and value will be queried.

Apparently not smiling enough will deliver the same result.

Some baffling arguments have been offered against Grabban during his time at the City Ground.

Some appear to be expecting Messi-esque magic from a man who is what he is and always has been.

He is not going to run himself into the ground chasing lost causes.

Even as a lone frontman.

That is not what Grabban is all about.

He is a predatory finisher who does his best work in and around the penalty box.

Get the ball to him in those areas and let him do his job.


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As he has been doing over recent weeks.

A scruffy effort bundled over the line away at Leeds got him off the mark and up and running for 2019-20.

He then nodded home against Birmingham before bagging a match-winning brace at Fulham.

Four goals in five games – a return only Borja Baston of Swansea can better in the Championship.

Sabri Lamouchi has said in the Nottingham Post of his most potent attacking weapon: “He is a fantastic player and a fantastic striker. He played a fantastic game on Saturday.

“He scored two goals, but he could have had another one too.

“He scored a lot last season, but, for me, not enough.

“He just needs to focus on the ball and do his job. He’s a striker. Inside the penalty area he must play like a killer. He was a killer on Saturday; very much a killer.”

Those killer instincts have served Grabban well for over a decade now.

In fact, he is now well on course to make his best-ever start to a season.



Only once before he has managed a better haul through five games – when netting five times back in 2014-15.

He managed four in five a year prior to that and is back at that mark this term.

It is, however, important to note what happened after his previous bursts out of the blocks.

In 2014-15, Grabban added only one more strike to his tally across his next 14 outings – leaving him on six in 19.

Back in 2013-14, he got three in 12 after offering the promise of much more.

So, if he can kick on from this point, then personal bests could be recorded.

His bar has been set at 22, with that return delivered at Bournemouth in 2013-14, but that remains the last time he passed the fabled 20-goal mark.

The general consensus is that he would have achieved that feat last season had niggling knocks not held him back – having gone scoreless through his first six games.

Grabban managed 17 efforts.

He is almost a quarter of a way towards that tally this term with time very much on his side.

Divisive he may be, but there really should be no doubting the man most likely to fire Forest towards ultimate goals on Trentside.

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