Some statistics regarding Lewis Grabban have emerged which could provide Chris Hughton with his first Nottingham Forest dilemma
The 32-year-old striker was in the form of his life last season, scoring 20 goals as the Reds finished seventh in the Championship.
During 2018/19 he fired 18 goals and it’s fair to suggest the talisman is still a very important player in the Forest ranks.
This season he is yet to score, however, and perhaps more alarmingly just one of his 13 efforts this season has been on target (Five Yards).
There isn’t really a need to worry but Hughton will want to get Grabban back on track as soon as possible.
At Championship level the Forest hitman still averages a goal every other game and every striker will go through a phase where things come as a struggle.
Grabban signed from Bournemouth in 2018 for £6 million and it’s fair to say he’s proved himself to be value for money.
Shots | Shots on Target this season
Adam Armstrong 21 | 12 [57%]Lewis Grabban 13 | 1 [8%]Dominic Solanke 12 | 7 [58%]Kieffer Moore 12 | 4 [33%]Josh Koroma 12 | 4 [33%]
— FIVEYARDS (@FIVE__YARDS) October 9, 2020
Some of the more cynical supporters will say that given the number of chances he misses, he could have even more goals in a Forest shirt.
That would be somewhat harsh though and it’s alarming to think where the Reds would have finished last season without his expertise in the attack.
Hughton has played a number of different styles during his career, some with one upfront and some with two.
With Lyle Taylor and Miguel Angel Guerrero waiting in the wings, the new incumbent certainly has options to get the best out of Grabban.
The Forest star isn’t getting any younger but he’s far too good to simply be tossed aside at a sniff of a bad spell.
He certainly isn’t the only player to have endured a struggle this season and getting Grabban back to his best looks like being Hughton’s first real challenge.