Lewis Grabban made his move to Carrow Road in 2014 for what was a record sale for Bournemouth.
Upon his move there were concerns; he had a poor goal scoring record and had played for teams like Millwall, Brentford, Rotherham and Bournemouth – when they were playing in the lower leagues.
Although he had signed on the back of his best season, scoring 22 goals in 46 games.
However, Grabban had seemingly silenced his critics after just five games where he’d scored five times. This included the only goal in a derby day win over Ipswich; for some, that goal made him an instant hero.
Despite his early flourish in yellow, he then only managed two goals in the next five months. The season began to drag on for Grabban and despite a successful managerial change – he still couldn’t hit the form he showed early on in the season.
It wasn’t until February where, again, Grabban hit a short spell of form where he managed to find the back of the net five times in little over five games.
As a whole, the season was rather disappointing for Grabban – who often showed glimpses but more than often looked uninterested and lethargic.
Rightly so, in my opinion, he was also heavily criticised of wasting too many chances over the course of the season. When he was on form, though, he looked very good.
Now if we skip to the start of this season; an exciting prospect being in the Premier League for the first time. But he didn’t handle it very well.
After a certain incident in Rotherham, Grabban once again drifted from the fans. Him going ‘AWOL’ left City with just one striker in the second round of the cup.
Quite conveniently it was just six days before the end of the window, fuelled by a number of bids by former club Bournemouth.
Despite controversy and bids, Alex Neil was having none of it. He decided Grabban would stay as he is part of his plans. He then apologised for his actions a day after the transfer window had closed.
He has started the season with a few niggles but is regarded as a player in and around the first team, a backup – whether the fans like it or not. He is behind Jerome and loanee Mbokani, but he’s around the level of Lafferty, with Alex Neil favouring Grabban slightly.
When included in the squad this season, fans have voiced their opinion on Grabban – most notably boos, moans, and groans when he was subbed on against Liverpool – his first performance since his ‘AWOL’ incident.
Throughout his Norwich City career, Grabban has found it hard to find any sort of consistency or chemistry with the fans.
In my opinion, I think his days with the Canaries are limited. Both Jerome and Mbokani are ahead of him, so I think it’d be best if he left the club on loan to try and recapture his best form and to show his manager he can cut it in the Premier League.
I think Grabban could offer something to any Championship teams fighting for promotion, despite an up and down last season – his goals helped Norwich gain promotion.
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