Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has suggested to Nottinghamshire Live that Lewis Grabban can hit the 20-goal mark again during 2021/22.
The Reds striker bagged his fifth goal of the campaign against Blackpool. He scored a tap-in after a Joe Worrall volley had been saved by the goalkeeper.
Grabban is now only one away from his total for the entirety of last season. The 2020/21 campaign was a frustrating one for the 33-year-old, with several injuries blighting his year.
Now, he’s fit and firing though and that bodes well for Forest. His goal yesterday typified a poacher’s instinct and he knew exactly where to be in the penalty area.
Forest, and Grabban, should have scored more. The experienced talisman might well have added a match ball to his mantlepiece with some more composure in front of goal.
It wasn’t to be for the striker but he deserves his praise for the fact that he was the one who secured three points for the Reds.
Cooper was impressed and when asked whether he felt his striker could hit the 20-goal mark, he suggested that he perhaps can.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “He can score goals in this league, 100 per cent.
“I think we’ve got a few players who can score goals. Some of them didn’t even start the game. I know that’s important, from experience.
“We’ve just got to keep getting bodies up the pitch.
“You think about Lewis’ goal and the first goal, we’re putting crosses in with good numbers in the box, trying to score a goal. That’s how we want to play.”
Forest man Grabban is bang in form and the Championship had better watch out
A fit and on form Grabban is up there among the best strikers in the Championship. His goal record is pretty good and he simply needs chances creating for him.
With the likes of Philip Zinckernagel, Joe Lolley, Brennan Johnson and Alex Mighten playing behind him, chances should be forthcoming this season.
Grabban just needs to keep himself fit. If he can avoid injuries this term; he should be an absolute certainty to get 15 goals, with 20 a real possibility.
Some Forest fans had written the striker off. As a result, his confidence suffered last season and clearly, Chris Hughton didn’t get the best out of him.
Cooper looks to have worked wonders for Grabban and long may it continue during 2021/22.