Two current Sunderland stars have given their assessment of Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban this week, one from a personal perspective and the other after seeing him on the Netflix documentary ‘Sunderland Till I die’.
Robbin Ruiter featured in the seven episode series, which charted the Black Cats fall from grace into League One. Glenn Loovens, a summer capture from Sheffield Wednesday, watched the first episode with member of the current squad.
They were talking to Dutch weekly football magazine Voetbal International, as reported by the Roker Report, and both were damming in their assessment of 16-goal Grabban.
Loovens admitted he was hooked on the series, binge watching all the episodes inside two days after watching the first with his teammates.
“We looked at the first episode with each other. Almost everyone was positively surprised. Me too. At home I have chased the other seven episodes in two days.
“You see how deep that club is. With the supporters, with a number of players. The boys who were not interested in anything, it did not show them. Only that striker, Lewis Grabban. He came across as a jerk.”
That was a point developed by Ruiter, the Dutch keeper who joined from Utrecht during the filming of the documentary.
“He did not really get along with the club. Grabban sat next to me in the locker room and said every day he did not feel like it. No idea what exactly bothered him. He is now two clubs further [along]. So in the selection you had a few players who brought down the atmosphere.”
Ruiter has made just one appearance this season from the bench, whilst Loovens started as a first team regular, but has recently dropped out of the side with seven Championship starts to his name.
This is a fair assessment of what most of the country saw on the show. Lewis Grabban didn’t come off well at all, despite seemingly wanting to stay at the club at the time.
Given his recent alleged bust-up with the Nottingham Forest staff, it does make you wonder about his attitude.
As for Sunderland, they’ve certainly moved on since the documentary aired and if there’s a series two it will be much more upbeat and positive.