Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban is doing well to dispel the myth that he’s finished.
It had become a popular topic of conversation among his critics. ‘Forest can’t possibly do anything with Grabban as the main striker during 2021/22’ was the popular consensus.
Some people go on as though 33 is old enough to be collecting a bus pass and popping the pipe and slippers on.
Grabban is in the twilight of his career admittedly, but a glance at Sheffield United could offer hope for the future.
Billy Sharp is 35, two years older than the Forest talisman, and he proved against the Reds recently that he’s still got a bit in reserve.
When the Blades came to the City Ground it was the ex-Forest loanee that changed the game.
He was introduced for Ben Osborn in the 74th-minute of the contest and just four minutes later he assisted Morgan Gibbs White who powered the visitors in front.
He tormented Djed Spence and Joe Worrall on the left-hand side, showcasing his undoubted quality.
Interestingly, in that game, it was Grabban who popped up with the equaliser in a firm tip of the hat to the game’s elderly statesmen.
Quality: Forest star, Grabban, can emulate Sharp and keep firing
Some things you just never lose and the ability to put the ball into the net is one of them.
Grabban has scored eight goals so far this season; eclipsing the six he scored throughout the entire 2020/21 campaign.
Sharp has found the net six times and also registered four assists, showcasing that he now has other capabilities too.
Grabban is out of contract in the summer. With that in mind, supporters have started discussing whether or not he should get an extension.
As a goal machine, if a manager can get the team creating chances, then you’d fancy the 33-year-old to continue tucking them away.
Sharp is a prime example of why Forest should move heaven and earth to keep Grabban at the City Ground beyond the end of this season.