Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Grabban is keeping up with the top strikers

At the start of the season not may AFCB fans would have said that Lewis Grabban would be leading the way with the goals for the Cherries after the first 11 games. That is probably understandable when you consider the form of Brett Pitman towards the end of the season when he was scoring in every game. But it's the former Rotherham and Millwall striker that has been getting the headlines, not only for his goals but for some very pleasing all round performances.

This season more than last we are seeing the true value of Lewis. Yes, he has always run the channels and would often find himself in goal scoring positions but he is doing more than that now. He is really getting involved in holding up the ball and making it available to team mates as well as getting in on the end of moves. Both his goals against Blackburn and Leeds were indicative of a striker on form. He did not hesitate with either strike but hit the ball as soon as it fell near to him.

When you also add in the fact that he is having to get used to a new strike partner in Tokelo Rantie, as well while keeping his place in front of Pitman, Thomas and McQuoid he is more than holding his own. Considering he was only playing in League Two a couple of seasons ago it shows you just how a player can go through the leagues and score at each level. Last season it was the early part of the year when Lewis scored most of his goals, but I am hoping that he can go even further this time and keep the goals coming throughout the season. He is battling away with some highly admired strikers at the top of goal scoring table with Jordan Rhodes, James Vaughan, Sam Vokes and Danny Ings in close attendance. 

Lewis is getting used to playing with Tokelo.
The one factor that AFCB fans may not yet have considered is that as the season progresses with Lewis doing so well he could well look like an attractive player to buy for either teams at the top of the division looking to get automatic promotion, or some of the clubs with more buying power than AFCB who could be at the bottom of the Championship. It's happened before to players and it will happen again. If you are playing well you are in the shop window and AFCB may have to decide at some point if they need to keep a man who is proving to be valuable to them in a Championship or if they can let him go for a good price and buy in more success. Suddenly I am not sure if I am looking forward to the January transfer window.

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