Nottingham Forest host struggling Birmingham tomorrow with one of their players coming under close scrutiny from critics.
Lewis Grabban has not got his season off to the greatest start after his sensational form for Aston Villa last season, and some fans are growing impatient with the former Bournemouth man.
Grabban (valued at £2.7m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) has been very ineffective in The Reds’ opening fixtures, drifting deep to try and get into games. He has not been given the service that he would like, and is therefore trying to force it, which leaves him in the wrong position more often than not.
His poor penalty against Wigan at the weekend was glossed over by the quick reactions of Hillal Soudani to score the rebound, and saved more criticism. All Forest fans would have hoped he found the net with that penalty to open his account with the club, but were disappointed.
Nonetheless, despite Grabban’s obvious struggles, manager Aitor Karanka must keep his faith in the 30-year-old. He definitely has the talent and ability to perform in the Championship, and dropping players after a slow start can be calamitous for their career.
That is why Birmingham is the perfect platform to get his season in track. Whilst The Blues haven’t looked disastrous defensively so far this season, it will still be a great opportunity for Grabban to find his goalscoring form. With The Reds heading to fourth place Brentford in their next fixture in the Championship, Karanka will be hoping his striker has hit his straps by then.
The sign of a good manager is showing patience in a player that is underachieving and still managing to get results with his team. With many people believing it is just a matter of time before Grabban starts building his goal tally, it’s just about holding out until then.