Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban is not just the most productive goal-getter in the Championship, he is now the deadliest marksman in English football.

Eyebrows were raised when the Reds invested £6 million in the 30-year-old frontman over the summer, despite his record suggesting that he was worth a punt.

A six-game run without troubling the scorers at the start of his City Ground career did little to curb the uncomfortable questions or silence the doubters.

Aitor Karanka was always convinced, though, and stated to Nottinghamshire Live after a goalless draw with Swansea on September 15: “He is a good striker. In fact I know that he is the best striker in the division. He has scored goals last season and he will score goals for us, here.”

Floodgates opened

Four days after those words left the Spaniard’s lips, Grabban broke his duck for 2018/19 in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

He hasn’t looked back.

With the floodgates opened, Grabban has only failed to net in four of his last 15 outings – and he was only given 34 minutes in the Carabao Cup win over Stoke.

The latest additions to his impressive tally came during Saturday’s clash with rock-bottom Ipswich.

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Two efforts inside the opening 38 minutes ended the game as a contest and took Grabban to 14 in Championship competition – and he’s missed three penalties!

Nobody in the division has more, with the Reds hot-shot now out on his own at the top of the second tier charts.

Tranmere’s James Norwood is the only man who can claim to have matched Grabban’s return from the Premier League to League Two, but even he is being topped in the productivity stakes.

To put it bluntly, Forest boast the top marksman in the country.

Confidence

On the back of his match-winning brace against Ipswich, Grabban is now netting at an average of one goal every 105.71 minutes.

Norwood’s record stands at one strike every 122.07 minutes.

Aston Villa loanee Tammy Abraham (105.91), fresh from his four-goal haul against Forest in midweek, is the only man in double figures for the season to get close to Grabban’s strike rate.

Maintaining those standards is, of course, the biggest challenge from this point, but strikers thrive on confidence and there is nobody feeling better about themselves right now than the Reds’ No. 7.