Lewis Grabban has 16 goals to his name this season, but is without one in his last five appearances for Nottingham Forest.

Blanks have been drawn against Brentford, Birmingham, Leeds, West Brom and QPR.

His last effort came in the 1-1 draw with Reading on January 22.

The 32-year-old finds himself in the midst of his longest barren spell of the 2019-20 campaign.

Grabban previously failed to find the target throughout four outings in October.

Faith has never wavered in his ability to deliver end product.

He has forged quite the career on the back of mastering the most difficult skill in football – scoring goals.

Forest continue to lean heavily on him when it comes to inspiration in the final third.

Said qualities have, however, been difficult to find as a collective of late.

The Reds have gone 180 minutes without troubling the scorers on home soil.

A frustrating defeat to Charlton – in which Grabban did not figure – was followed by a 0-0 draw with QPR on Saturday.

Service

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Forest’s No.7 got little service of note against the Rs.

Any blame for the inability to turn one point into three can hardly be laid at his door.

Chances have come his way of late though.

He will need no reminding that a few too many have been spurned.

A penalty miss at Birmingham did Grabban few favours.

Had that effort found the back of the net, belief would have surged through his game and that of those around him.

The odd line has continued to be fluffed.

There was the effort against Leeds which picked out Kiko Casilla when it appeared easier to score and a wayward header versus West Brom.

Grabban just needs one to get over the line.

Off his toe, head, backside, whatever, getting back in the groove is now imperative.

Forest need to be surging towards the finishing post, rather than limping.

Importance

 

As the club’s leading marksman, Grabban’s importance in that quest is obvious.

The hope is that he can rediscover his touch sooner rather than later.

Ideally against Cardiff on Tuesday.

If he were to net against the Bluebirds, then a personal duck would be broken.

Grabban has never previously found the target in meetings with the Welsh outfit.

He has faced them on four occasions.

Two victories were claimed with Norwich in 2014-15 and another with Aston Villa in April 2018.

A solitary outing with Forest saw the Reds slip to a 1-0 defeat at the City Ground in November 2019.

It would be a major surprise if Grabban were to be denied the chance to add another entry on his roll of honour in midweek.

Sabri Lamouchi needs him to.

A piece of individual history is there for the taking, while aiding the collective efforts to make a bit more.

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