OPINION: Why Blues should take a punt on Lewis Grabban

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    Lewis Grabban, the forgotten man at Bournemouth as of late, has been told he can leave the club. An injury which kept him out most of the 2016/17 season, left him with only 3 appearances to his name up until January. He then moved to Reading on loan where he scored three goals in 16 for the club. Not bad for a return from injury…

    However, the 29-year-old is looking to kick-start his career again. Whether Eddie Howe makes the decision to send him out on loan, Blues would definitely benefit from a player of his calibre.

    Players such as Jermain Defoe. Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas, Josh King and Jordan Ibe are way ahead of Grabban in the pecking order so a move would be wise for both parties. Also, with Blues fans desperately wanting a more prolific goal scorer at the club, in my opinion Grabban would walk straight into the starting 11.

    Grabban signing on loan at Reading last season
    Grabban signing on loan at Reading last season

    Ahead of Donaldson and Jutkiewicz, Grabban could prove to be a successful striking partner along-side Adams. Both have pace, the ability to run past defenders and the finishing, so I don’t see why this would be failed move.

    Here’s what Eddie Howe had to say about Grabban’s likely departure:

    Howe told the Daily Echo: “I think there is a good chance both players (Wilson and Graham) may look to leave the football club in this window.

    “Obviously, I have to make some difficult choices and work with the players I feel are going to participate during our season. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to make some tough calls.”

    Despite his uncertain future, the £7million man has certainly got it in his locker, winning promotion to the Premier League twice. We’ve seen it at Bournemouth in the Championship where he scored 35 goals in 87 games for the Cherries. Whereas at Norwich, he bagged 13 during his time at Carrow Road.

    It may be the last chance for him to prove himself and what better than to play under one of the best English managers in the game?

    But what are his main strengths?

    He’ll nick a goal out of nothing, he’s a fantastic goal-poacher, has good pace and with a good strike partner he’ll read balls well and get around defenders with ease. Exactly the player Blues need.

    What about weaknesses?

    Playing time. If he’s not playing he’ll become frustrated and it will show off the pitch – just as Norwich found out. However, on the pitch, with right service he has no problems at all. Also, I wouldn’t want to walk out in front of ‘Arry, would you?

    What do you think, is Lewis Grabban the player Blues need up top?

    Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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    3 COMMENTS

    1. One player who is available is Cameron Jerome of Norwich. He loved it here at Blues and is a better player for his time in the Premiership.

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