Nottingham Forest fought hard to get hold of Lewis Grabban this summer. The striker was the Championship’s top-scorer last season, during loan spells at both Sunderland and Aston Villa.
The race to snap him up permanently from Bournemouth was tough, but Forest eventually got the deal done. As reported by the BBC, Forest paid a fee in the region of £6 million to sign the player in July.
So far, however, he has not lived up to the billing. Grabban has struggled to find the form that made him so potent in the Championship last season.
In his six games for Aitor Karanka’s side so far, he has failed to find the back of the net.
It is certainly not the form that Nottingham Forest fans were expecting from a player who scored so freely last term.
Meanwhile, a youngster sent out on loan by the club is in fantastic scoring form.
Tyler Walker has been brilliant for League Two side Mansfield Town. He has three goals in his last three games, taking his tally for the season so far to seven goals in 10 games.
Walker had a tough 2017-18. A loan spell at Bolton Wanderers did not go to plan and he decided to drop down to the third-tier to try and find his rhythm again. Clearly, he has done that.
Grabban is, of course, a more potent threat at the Championship level. But Nottingham Forest must be keeping one eye on Walker’s form and wondering if he would be better off back at the City Ground.