Some fans haven’t been too impressed with Lewis Grabban’s start to life at the City Ground. The £6m signing has only made two competitive starts for the club after starting the first game of the season on the bench.
The 30-year-old hasn’t scored so far, and there have been a few supporters on social media who are yet to be convinced by the player.
Reacting to some of criticism, a number of fans on Twitter came to our no.7’s defence:
Worked his socks off.
— Paul Elliott (@Puds1970) 12 August 2018
Grabban works hard, finds space, creates space and holds the ball up and controls it better than any forward we have had in a long time. Those simply citing his lack of goals for #nffc in 3 (yes 3) matches simply do not understand the game in my opinion.
— Paul Martin (@DeepingRed) 13 August 2018
Grabban is definitely due a goal, keeping working and it’ll come
— Eric180 (@180_180_141) 13 August 2018
His hold up play was second to none, chased every ball he thought worth while, keeps the ball well and makes a simple pass, brilliant we have missed this week in week out for a long time
— Jpp (@bo55jpp) 12 August 2018
He’s a good player but Bournemouth and Norwich he had good competition to get the best out of him
— Scott Markham (@markham_scott) 12 August 2018
I thought he did well, looked a threat and made life difficult for the defenders…would like to see Soudani starting to give him more support but in one of the three attacking mid positions…
— brian munich (@brimunich) 12 August 2018
Some think he’s just lacking match sharpness:
There is no way he is fully fit or match sharp yet. I thought he was poor Tuesday but he didn’t look like he’s quite ready yet. It will come with game time
— David Cooksley (@trickytree52) 12 August 2018
Once match sharp & gets used to Karanka’s system will bag 15-20goals this season ran himself into the ground yesterday ????
— Martin Fretwell (@FretwellMartin) 12 August 2018
Adapting to a new club with new players isn’t easy but he has proven to be a good goalscorer at this level. In a struggling Sunderland team, he scored 12 goals in just 20 starts before scoring eight on loan at Villa in the second half of the campaign.
Of course, everyone is hoping he gets off the mark sooner rather than later. The first goal for a new club can be the hardest one to get, so hopefully, it’s not too long before he opens his account.