Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban has already found the back of the net four times in the Championship this season.
The 31-year-old has played a key role in the Reds making a promising start to the season. He has shown that he has the ability to still be one of the best strikers in the division, if not the best.
The Reds picked up one of their most impressive results of the season so far last weekend as they won 1-0 away at league leaders Swansea City. Even though he didn’t score, Grabban’s all-round display was key in the Reds being able to come back to Nottingham with all three points.
Aitor Karanka signed Grabban from AFC Bournemouth for £6 million last summer. He scored 17 goals in all competitions in his first season at the City Ground. It’s fair to say that was a good return, but his performances did dip in the second half of the season.
That being said, a lot of players saw their performances dip under the management of Martin O’Neill. That was a key reason why the club’s hierarchy decided to make a change in the summer.
‘I feel good’
Despite racking up a respectable tally, Grabban was left feeling disappointed at the end of last season. Not only had he been frustrated by injuries, but the Reds had also missed out on a place in the play-offs.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post, the striker said: “That goal tally last season was inevitably disappointing for myself anyway because of the injuries that we didn’t achieve what we wanted to achieve.
“It was a frustrating a bit last season, with the niggles I was picking up. It was holding me back a little bit.
“But I’ve been able to shift it in the off-season and not had any problems, so I feel good.”
Perhaps the best indicator that Grabban is back to his best was his contribution to last weekend’s winning goal at the Liberty Stadium.
The 31-year-old latched on a defensive error before going on a lung-busting run down the right-hand side of the pitch. He then had the composure to pick out Alfa Semedo who took care of the rest.
Grabban will be hopeful of adding to his tally further this weekend. The Reds face Barnsley at the City Ground, with the potential opportunity to move into the play-off places if they pick up three points.