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Transfer Flashbacks: Lewis Grabban

Back on the final day of the January transfer window earlier this year, Aston Villa sealed a deal to bring Lewis Grabban to Villa Park on loan for the remainder of the season.

The striker had been playing his trade at fellow Championship side Sunderland in the first half of the campaign and shone with 12 goals in 19 league games for the Black Cats, prompting parent club Bournemouth to recall the 30-year-old at the beginning of January, as per a request from the man himself.

And Steve Bruce’s Villa came knocking for Grabban at the end of the month as they sought to improve their attacking ranks, in a move which went down very well among these Villa supporters on Twitter…

And while the Villans weren’t able to get over the line and return to the Premier League last term, there is little doubting that Grabban did his bit to aid the Midlands giants in their quest to do so, thus representing a transfer coup from former boss Bruce.

Ultimately, the 30-year-old had struggled for regular football at Bournemouth following his return to the Vitality Stadium back in 2016, mustering just 22 appearances for Eddie Howe’s side to underline his lowly position in the pecking order.

And while a loan spell at Reading in the second half of the 2016/17 season didn’t work out for the striker, he was magnificent for Sunderland in the first half of the 2017/18 season in netting 12 goals in just 19 appearances for the Black Cats, with his recall at the start of January playing a huge part in their eventual relegation to League One.

And Villa were the main beneficiaries as Bruce pulled off quite the coup to bring him to Villa Park to aid with their aim of winning promotion back to the Premier League, and while they weren’t able to do that, the 30-year-old certainly played his part in their near-miss.

The striker netted eight goals in just 15 Championship appearances for the Villans in their run to fourth place in the second tier table, with all eight goals helping Bruce’s side to positive results to underline the impact he had in leading the line at Villa Park.

After all, the Midlands giants were struggling somewhat in the final third following the injury to Jonathan Kodjia, with Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane heavily relied upon to get the goals, so it made much sense to lure Grabban as the striker needed to get the goals.

And while the Villans eventually fell short in losing the play-off final to Fulham, there is no doubting that Grabban filled the huge void at the top end of the pitch during his short stint at Villa Park, thus underlining exactly why those Villa fans cooed at the shrewd addition made by former boss Bruce back in January this year.

Villa fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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