Chris Hughton has compared Lewis Grabban to Ledley King as he addresses the situation surrounding the Forest captaincy.

The Reds boss has been discussing the captaincy with The Athletic in the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brentford.

Plenty of supporters don’t feel as though the Forest talisman is captain material.

Grabban has worn the armband during the current campaign, with Joe Worrall taking it when the striker hasn’t played.

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After much debate on social among the fans, Hughton has felt the need to address the situation.

The boss thinks Grabban has plenty of qualities which make him a decent captain and compared him to ex-Tottenham star, Ledley King.

Hughton was in a coaching capacity at Spurs when the centre-back wore the strap at White Hart Lane.

He sees similarities between the two in their captaincy styles.

The Forest manager told The Athletic: “He has huge respect at the club and in the changing room.

“He is a senior player, with vast experience. Lewis is a different type of captain.


“I remember at Spurs, going back a few years, Ledley King was captain for a number of years and he was similar. Ledley was captain because of how other players looked up to him and his experience.

“There can be different types of captain and most of you have known Lewis long enough to know what type of person he is; what is personality is like.”

Should Lewis Grabban be the Forest captain?

A lot is made of the captaincy these days in football but the question needs asking, does it really matter?

In this day and age the successful teams will have five or six leaders in the starting eleven and Forest should strive for the same.

Grabban comes under-fire an awful lot for a player who only last season bagged 20 goals for the club.

Okay, he’s not been great this season but after picking up five injuries, it’s fair to say that the campaign has been a struggle for him.

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Some have claimed that Grabban can’t possibly captain when he’s fluffing chances and making stupid errors but that is nonsense.

You could have a skipper who is constantly barking orders to the team and organising things but it doesn’t make them immune to errors.

Ultimately, Grabban is the man trusted by Hughton to perform the role and it would seem there are no plans to change that.

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