With the arrival of club legend Martin O’Neill as manager this week, there will inevitably be some changes at Nottingham Forest.
Each manager has their own idiosyncrasies, and this will see some players get more game time that they have been getting, and some to get less.
One player that Forest fans would surely think is due to keep his place cemented at the City Ground is Lewis Grabban. The 31-year-old is one of the Championship’s top scorers this season, amassing 14 goals in 25 appearances, and has single-handedly carried The Reds at times this season.
But with O’Neill, there may be the likely arrival of his former assistant with the Republic of Ireland, Roy Keane, and this may throw a spanner in the works for Grabban’s season. Now neither O’Neill or Keane has a problem with the former Bournemouth forward, rather it is their admiration for his teammate Daryl Murphy.
Former Forest and Republic of Ireland player Keane has been a huge supporter of the 35-year-old Murphy in the past, publicly praising his attitude and commitment. Now, of course, that does not mean that Grabban will be instantly dropped, but there is a feeling that Murphy will be slightly favoured by the management team.
Grabban has done enough this season to hold onto his starting berth, but when it comes down to 50/50 decisions between the strikers, there is a chance that they will lean towards Murphy. This is simply because the Irishman has a slight head start over Grabban.
The rest of the season will still be promising for Grabban, but he may need to work just that bit harder to remain one of the league’s top scorers. After taking a while to strike a chord with Karanka this season, Grabban has to work all over again to please his new boss.
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