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Why Lewis Grabban will boost Nottingham Forest's scoring

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Another day, another signing. Nottingham Forest completed their seventh permanent signing this summer. Lewis Grabban joins the club through a deal worth around £6 million. The goal-getter is a positive addition for Aitor Karanka. Fans should be pleased, too.

English football fans in the know will think one thing, goals, when they hear Grabban's name. Now 30, the prolific striker will be playing for his 12th club. League Two, League One, Championship, Scottish Premier League and even the Premier League have been ticked off his bucket list. Grabban brings vast experience with him, but his next task is within the familiar Championship.

Grabban has scored 106 goals in 348 career appearances but he has a particular reputation in England's second tier. Given enough minutes, he could net upwards of 15 goals this season. Forest's top scorer last campaign was Kieran Dowell. He had nine. Grabban should better that while checking his email.

The past two seasons have seen the Croydon-born striker on loan to Reading, Sunderland and Aston Villa. Championship sides all, he managed 23 goals in 50 games. Not a bad record at all. The stats prove his consistency at this level.

No goals in 18 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth pushed him down the pecking order. Cherries boss Eddie Howe's priorities were Josh King, Jermain Defoe and Callum Wilson.

A negative has turned positive, however. Grabban teams up with other signings at the City Ground. Portuguese duo Diogo Goncalves and Gil Bastiao Dias are fresh arrivals. Hilal Soudani is another capture Aitor Karanka hopes will impress.

Grabban joins an attacking line which already includes Daryl Murphy, Zach Clough, Joe Lolley, Jason Cummings and Apostolos Vellios, and he arrives only days after keeper Costel Pantilimon signed a permanent deal.  The Romanian wished for a quality striker at his unveiling. Wish granted.

An accomplished goalkeeper, an even more accomplished striker and a few players overseas players. From the current signings, it does look very positive for Nottingham Forest.

Grabban possesses a poacher's instinct. He anticipates where the ball will go and pounce on the finish. He likes holding onto the ball but can also play neat through balls when the opportunity arrives. Also a good passer, the former Cherries forward likes to play long balls and also bring them down. His main weakness is inattention to the offside trap.

When needed, Grabban can man the wing, although he should be utilized as the Reds' main striker. Fans will be able to see his qualities from July 21st onwards. Oldham Athletic will be hosting an away fixture four days prior to another Forest fixture at Scunthorpe United. On the 28th, Bournemouth will grace the City Ground. Will the new man feel he has something to prove? Even though he made the move, both sets of fans should applaud his first appearance in his new home.

The burning question is whether Karanka has chosen his partner. Options abound. There is a potential for Nottingham Forest to succeed in the upcoming season, but their raft of new signings gelling is key. The one certainty is Lewis Grabban will be Forest's go-to player.

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Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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