Lewis Grabban will be staying at Nottingham Forest despite reported interest from Sabri Lamouchi’s Al-Duhail over in Qatar.
It has been a frustrating start to the season for Grabban, who has been Forest’s leading goalscorer in the last two seasons.
The striker is yet to open his account for the season, failing to find the net in a total of seven appearances for the Reds, with Lyle Taylor grabbing his first goal for the club against Derby on Friday night.
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John Percy of the Telegraph broke the news on Saturday that Al-Duhail – who are now managed by Sabri Lamouchi – were interested in signing Grabban before their transfer window closed yesterday.
Here, we take a look at two pros and two cons to this U-turn…
Pro: What he can offer
It has been a disappointing start to the season for Grabban, but he has been so important for the Reds over the past couple of seasons.
He scored 17 goals in his first season at the City Ground in what was quite an underwhelming season for Forest, and his 20 goals spearheaded the club to within touching distance of the play-offs last term.
He is a proven goalscorer at this level, and you feel that once he gets his first goal of the season, he will go on to score a lot more.
Con: Limited opportunities for Guerrero?
Miguel Angel Guerrero has played only 16 minutes of football since joining Forest, and it remains to be seen whether he gets a kick with Grabban remaining at the City Ground.
Grabban’s departure would have divided opinions amongst fans, but it could have potentially opened a door for Guerrero to come in and replace his goals up top.
It is likely, though, that Grabban will be continue to be at the forefront of Hughton’s plans alongside Lyle Taylor, so Guerrero may feel disappointed inside.
Pro: Plenty of depth remains up top
If Grabban did end up leaving, then they would have encountered a similar problem to one they endured last term.
Forest only had two recognised strikers on the books for large parts of last season. Grabban’s departure would have left Lyle Taylor and Miguel Angel Guerrero as the club’s only two out-and-out strikers.
If Hughton were to continue playing with a 4-4-2 formation, then he would have no back-up striker to bring in if Grabban were to have left.
They still have plenty of depth up top, now, which will bode them well for the remainder of the season.
Con: A change in morale?
It was reported that Grabban was keen on a move away from the City Ground before deciding to stay at the club, so it remains to be seen whether that has an impact on the rest of the team at all.
Grabban has been Forest’s captain in recent matches, and after it was reported that one of Forest’s most experienced leaders was keen on a move away, what effect might that have?