Some Nottingham Forest fans just love to moan and when it comes to Lewis Grabban the pitchforks are typically out in full force.
For a striker who has done nothing but score goals for the Reds, the stick he takes is pretty remarkable.
Make no bones about it, the majority of the City Ground faithful worship the bagsman. There are others though who simply can’t wait to stick the boot in.
One criticism that so often gets thrown at him is the fact that he’s been given the captaincy by several different managers.
Many feel that he doesn’t show enough passion to be the leader of the team; with fans preferring a passion merchant such as Joe Worrall to be the occupant of the armband.
Does the captain of a football team have to be a chest-thumping die-hard who is hell-bent on pointing and being visibly vocal towards his teammates?
Paul McKenna and Stuart Pearce are both captains over the years who tick those boxes but in modern-day sport, it doesn’t seem as though it’s a prerequisite.
Some comments from head coach Steve Cooper to The Athletic seem to dispel any myth that Grabban isn’t a suitable choice to lead the current Forest team.
It would seem as though he’s the right man for the job and as the backing of not only his manager but also his teammates.
Cooper told The Athletic: “We know what a talented player Lewis is. He enjoys being the leader. He carries the captaincy really well. It’s not just about wearing the armband, it’s about how you represent the team in all aspects, whether that is in the dressing room, with the staff or in the media. It is a big responsibility that he thrives on.”
Grabban continues to defy Forest critics
Scoring goals comes as second nature to the Forest talisman. Indeed, he does miss chances, but if he didn’t he’d probably be on the radar of Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp!
With eight goals this season, fans should be starting to realise that he’s not over the hill just yet despite being 33-years-old.
Grabban is comfortably Forest’s main talisman and the challenge for Cooper is to get his team creating lots of chances for the striker.
On Saturday he showcased his class with a penalty and a well-taken second goal. In midweek, he highlighted his poaching prowess with a goal against Sheffield United.
Perhaps it’s time to stick some respect on Grabban’s name and realise that being a captain is about far more than just pointing and shouting.