Back in the early stages of the summer transfer window this year, Nottingham Forest secured the signing of striker Lewis Grabban on a four-year-deal.
The 30-year-old had been playing his football at Premier League outfit Bournemouth having returned to the Vitality Stadium back in 2016, yet his first team struggles there prompted subsequent loan moves to Championship sides Reading, Sunderland, and Aston Villa, with the striker shining at the latter two.
And his fine efforts last term prompted Aitor Karanka’s Forest to splash out a reported £6 million to lure Grabban to the City Ground, a signing which unsurprisingly stimulated a hugely positive reaction from Forest supporters on Twitter…
— Stuart Brown (@westcountryred) July 6, 2018
What date is the open top bus parade in May next year @NottPolFootball asking for a friend
— Rossi (@r2t2b) July 6, 2018
Wow we’re actually going for it
— Camdu (@cammy_du) July 6, 2018
Boooommm what a signing
— ٌ (@KieranNffc29) July 6, 2018
Wooohoooooo!!!!! Welcome to the famous City Ground Lewis. Youuuuu Redssss!!!!
— Debs (@deblee_smith) July 6, 2018
Well done Forest, another brilliant signing!! @SkyBetChamp might as well hand us the trophy now!! COYR
— Matt Gooch (@MattGooch5) July 6, 2018
— Michelle Palagano (@Shellby1978) July 6, 2018
Yes @NFFC the signing we have all been waiting for COYR
— Timothy John Jackson (@TimothyJJackson) July 6, 2018
And given how effective the 30-year-old has already been during his short time at the East Midlands giants, it looks as though manager Karanka has pulled off a transfer masterstroke.
Ultimately, Grabban was outstanding in the second tier last season for both Sunderland and Villa, netting 12 in just 19 appearances for the former in the first half of the campaign, before linking up with Steve Bruce’s Villa for the second half of the season to aid in their quest for a return to the Premier League.
And the striker certainly did his bit in bagging eight times in just 15 Championship appearances for the Midlands heavyweights to help them to a fourth place finish in the second tier, although he wasn’t able to inspire them to play-off success, eventually losing to Fulham in the final at Wembley.
But with regular football highly unlikely upon return to Bournemouth, it always looked likely that Grabban would make the move to the Championship once again this term, with Forest getting a deal done for the striker as part of Karanka’s big overhaul of the squad at the City Ground.
And the former Middlesbrough boss has so far been vindicated for the £6 million he spent on Grabban as the forward has started very well indeed with nine goals in just 15 league games for the Reds, all nine of which coming in his last nine appearances to suggest that he is now very much comfortable with life at the City Ground.
And with eight of those goals contributing to positive results for Karanka’s side, Grabban is producing the goods when it matters most for a side that will be eyeing up promotion to the Premier League this season – and with Grabban up front, they have every chance.
Thus, the elation and love generated from the 30-year-old’s arrival was a small part of a very encouraging summer from Forest and their supporters, and given how well Grabban has adapted to life at his new club this term, it’s a deal which is looking more and more like a transfer masterstroke.
Forest fans… what do you think? Let us know!