This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Lewis Grabban will remain a Nottingham Forest player amid reported interest from Sabri Lamouchi’s Al-Duhail, as per BBC Nottingham Sport.
It has been a frustrating start to the season for Grabban, who is yet to open his account for the season and find the back of the net this term.
John Percy of the Telegraph broke the news on Saturday that Qatari side Al-Duhail – who are now managed by Sabri Lamouchi – were interested in signing Grabban before their transfer window closed yesterday.
Grabban was initially understood to be keen on a move, but the striker has since decided to stay at Forest and help Chris Hughton’s side climb the Championship table.
Here, we discuss this transfer U-turn at the City Ground…
A fair boost.
He’s obviously not got up and running this season really so far but he’s still got plenty to give at this level and Chris Hughton will be eager to get the very best out of him as they look to earn promotion.
Lyle Taylor’s presence will naturally spur him on to do better and I think Forest having both around and pushing each other will naturally work for them in the long run.
It’s been a sluggish start but it would make sense to keep Grabban around as he’ll still be scoring goals when things do turn a corner.
I think this is a big boost for the Reds.
Even though Grabban hasn’t been at his best in front of goal this season for Nottingham Forest, I think he’ll come good later down the line this term.
I think he’s making the right call in wanting to stay with Nottingham Forest, as I think he’s got a key role to play, as they look to win promotion into the Premier League.
He has experience of playing for a team that is challenging for promotion, having played a starring role for Bournemouth earlier in his career as they won promotion into the top-flight.
Having Lyle Taylor challenging him for his starting spot is a good thing in my eyes for Grabban, and I think he just needs to find some consistency in front of goal to recapture his confidence.
Once he starts hitting the back of the net, Forest will soon be climbing the Championship table under the management of Chris Hughton.