Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Lewis Grabban sees loan end disappointingly with Reading

Lewis Grabban joined up with Yann Kermorgant to walk out at Wembley yesterday. It was a massive occasion being the Championship play-off final and hopes were high that another southern-based club could join AFCB in the Premier League. But it was Huddersfield Town that came out on top after a penalty shoot out which leaves Reading back in the Championship after a fourth play-off final defeat in a row, and Lewis Grabban will be treading the road back to AFCB with two years still left on his contract.
Lewis Grabban could find his stay at AFCB limited.
So what next for Lewis? Eddie Howe brought him back from Norwich City in January 2016 but Lewis failed to make an impact in the squad and a loan move to Reading a year later appeared to be a way out for him, and yet another chance to get promoted with a Championship club. On the day though, Yann Kermorgant and Lewis Grabban had fairly few opportunities. Grabban had the best shot from outside the box for Reading in the first half, but the former AFCB strikers had little to grasp hold of during the match and Grabban was subbed before the penalties arrived. Yann Kermorgant scored the first penalty for Reading, but it was not to be the Royals day.


Lewis will know that AFCB will not stand still, having had a ninth place finish, and he is probably seen as a very likely candidate to be offered in either a swap deal or simply offloaded by the Cherries, if they want to strengthen their attacking options with new players. Grabban scored three goals in 16 appearances for Reading and was looking more like his old-self at Wembley, even if he did not get the breaks.

The Premier League is cut-throat though. Josh King has shown how you need to take your game forward and Grabban may well have run out of time to enter into any long term thoughts of the manager. It is unlucky that Reading did not get promotion as they may well have been interested in Lewis, if AFCB were willing to cut his price a bit, but now Lewis may be looking to find another Championship club if there are any takers.

In other news, Asmir Begovic is expected to sign for the Cherries this week after his medical, says the Daily Star.

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