It’s time for Nottingham Forest fans to put some respect on Lewis Grabban. The Reds captain is facing a constant battle to prove himself to some supporters and it really shouldn’t be like that.
Grabban has made a good start to the 2021/22 campaign. He has scored four goals, including three in four games since Chris Hughton was sacked.
At 33, the striker was forced to field some criticism last season; with some feeling as though the Reds talisman was over the hill and his best years behind him.
Last season was a struggle. He scored just six times, although he did pick up five separate injuries and was playing in a team sent out in an ultra-defensive manner.
Now, he could thrive though and it would seem as though he’s something of a lucky omen for Forest.
Since signing in 2018, Grabban has been Forest’s primary source of goals. He has scored 47 times in 126 games, also registering seven assists in that time.
Interestingly though, when the £6 million man scores, Forest don’t typically lose! He has scored goals in 36 different games, with the Reds losing just three times when that’s been the case.
Time for Forest fans to laud captain fantastic Grabban
The Reds hitman could quite possibly be one of Forest’s best signings of the last decade. Yet, he constantly faces a battle to prove himself to the club’s hard to please supporters.
Some seem hellbent on critiquing him for being made captain. Football teams need several leaders on the pitch in modern-day football and clearly, Grabban has the backing of his teammates.
Okay, Grabban has missed chances and could quite easily be sat on more Forest goals. Ultimately though, he’s largely played for managers at the City Ground who aren’t particularly attack-minded.
That could change under Steve Cooper. He said after the Barnsley game that attacking with seven players isn’t enough and more need to get involved. The head coach also called his striker ‘brilliant’.
Having that mindset will be music to the ears of Forest supporters and perhaps more crucially, for Grabban!