Nottingham Forest earned their first win of the Championship last weekend as they overcame Reading at The City Ground, after two promising draws in the opening rounds.
The victory moves The Reds into the top six, where coach Aitor Karanka will hope they stay for the duration of the season.
Despite the unbeaten start, some fans are growing restless with new man Lewis Grabban. The former Bournemouth forward has started two of Forest’s three games this season, but has failed to find the net in either game. With so few games played so far, this criticism seems a bit premature, as the 30-year-old has still worked tirelessly for his team.
Daryl Murphy started up front for Forest in their opening fixture, and, despite scoring, appears to be behind Grabban in the pecking order. Murphy is now 35, and is unlikely to consistently play and while Grabban may not have found his feet, with 20 goals to his name in the Championship last season, second in the league, his quality is proven and it is only a matter of time before he starts finding the net.
Forest also have teenage sensation Ben Brereton in waiting. The England under-19 international featured heavily last season, and could well make an impact this season. But for now, a side that are chasing promotion should put their faith in a proven goalscorer. Brereton may be the man of the future, but Forest must focus on the present.
If some Forest fans are correct in their criticism of Grabban, they should be grateful that the club are still able to pick up points with a striker that isn’t firing on all cylinders. It is only a matter of time before the goals start coming, and Forest will be rewarded for showing faith in him.