This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Nottingham Forest signed Lewis Grabban from AFC Bournemouth back in 2018, they probably didn’t expect him to have quite the impact he is currently having. However, fast forward to November 2019, and the London-born forward is spearheading the side’s chase for promotion to the Premier League.
Grabban has scored six goals in 14 Championship appearances for Sabri Lamouchi’s side, and while it doesn’t seem like much, there is a running theme with his contributions which is proving invaluable.
His first major impact came in the game against Leeds United at Elland Road, and to be honest with you, Forest were lucky to leave with a draw as the Yorkshire side peppered their goal with 15 shots compared to their six (via BBC). Still, the Jamaican-native popped up in the 77th minute to score a crucial equaliser in a game that started off a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions (via WhoScored)
The next set of goals came in the 2-1 win away to Fulham as Grabban helped himself to a brace. At the time, it was billed as a shock win due to the form of the west London side at the time, showing the importance of his contribution (via BBC).
You can also add Swansea City, Stoke City and Luton Town, all away from home, to the list of games the forward has made a major impact in, scoring goals against the Potters and the Hatters and providing the assist in the 1-0 win over the Swans.
From an attacking point-of-view, Grabban proves to be the go-to man for Lamouchi, averaging the most shots per game (2.2) and scored double the number of goals as the next highest scorer prior to this weekend.
With promotion to the Premier League being valued at £170m by Deloitte (via The Daily Mail), Grabban’s contribution to a potential promotion in difficult games would make the £6.12m (via Transfermarkt) paid for him look like daylight robbery.
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