Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall has told Nottinghamshire Live that Lewis Grabban is a ‘top player’, as the Reds prepare to take on Derby County.

The Forest hitman grabbed his sixth goal of the campaign on Saturday during a 2-1 win over Luton.

Last season the man signed for £6 million (BBC Sport) from Bournemouth helped himself to 18 goals and but for a few missed penalties he would have broken the 20-goal barrier with ease.

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Grabban has been tasked with the goalscoring burden this season and is set to lead the line for Forest once again this weekend.

Worrall believes the Reds have one of the very best strikers in the division.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “He doesn’t often miss two chances in a row. You back him to score.

“I often say to him ‘you’ll get one today’ and he’s gone out and done it. He’s got six goals this season and he’s a top player.

“He doesn’t affect the game massively but when he’s in the box you fancy him to get on the end of something. That’s what he did at Luton.”

Worrall is right to heap praise on Forest’s main source of goals so far this season. Indeed, it would be nice if more Reds supporters credited him with the praise he deserves.


Grabban typically operates as a loan striker and this season his application and work rate have both been second to none this season.

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Some question whether Grabban typically looks happy to be playing for Forest but that’s all nonsense. The 31-year-old is a focused individual and people mistake his demeanour for sheer determination to do well for the football club.

It is good of Worrall to come out and publicly back his striker. It shows that the harmony within the ranks is strong, with everyone ultimately pulling in the right direction towards the Premier League.

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