Lewis Grabban has reached double figures again for Nottingham Forest, becoming the first man in 10 years to achieve that feat for the Reds in back-to-back campaigns.

That goes some way towards highlighting just how important he is.

And how consistent he remains.

His contribution has been queried at times, but those words have largely fallen on deaf ears.

For the vast majority, Grabban’s value is, and always has been, without question.

He knows what he is doing, and has forged quite the career out of being left to his own devices.

Forest are happy to let him tick along.

Sabri Lamouchi waited longer than many would have liked to give No.7 a go at Millwall on Friday.

When his number was called, 55 seconds were all that was required to make an immediate impact.

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Grabban strolled into The Den off the bench, and less than a minute later was on the scoresheet.

With a second added to his tally late on for good measure.

He now has 10 Championship goals to his name this season.

That tally sits alongside the 16 – and 17 across all competitions – that he mustered in 2018-19.

His debut campaign at the City Ground was disrupted by injury.

The general consensus is that he will end the long wait for a 20-goal frontman on Trentside if he is able to stay fit.

So far, so good in 2019-20.

Grabban has graced all 19 of the Reds’ second tier outings this season.

He has been handed enforced rests on two occasions, but replaced the ineffective Rafa Mir in both of those fixtures.

That was the case at Millwall.

Lamouchi has to shuffle his pack at times, but Grabban is very much the ace up top.

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To have hit double figures in successive seasons places him in a rather exclusive group.

The last man to achieve that feat for Forest was Robert Earnshaw – who hit 17 in both 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Grabban will be hoping to emulate the Welshman by firing the Reds into the top six.

Prior to Earnshaw, you have to go back to the dark days of League One football that we would rather forget.

In that era, Kris Commons and Junior Agogo set the standard.

So that’s one man in the last decade, with Marlon Harewood and Dougie Freedman – who spread his efforts between 1998-99 and 1999-00 – the only other entries on the list in the 21st century.

That adds further weight to Grabban’s sense of achievement.

The hope is that further firepower will be brought in alongside him in January, but he will remain very much the main man.

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