Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Does Grabban go and seek another Championship loan?

The end of Lewis Grabban's loan at Reading was a blow for the striker who may well have had a glorious day at Wembley, if he could have helped the Royals win promotion. All options would have been open to him then, but it wasn't to be.
Lewis Grabban at the FA Cup game against Millwall last season.

Lewis Grabban is under contract at AFCB until the summer of 2019. His second period at the club though has not been a stirring success to date, and the Reading loan was s clear sign that Lewis needed some games and to get his desire back for scoring goals, which had been drained with his disruptive and combative times with Alex Neil at Norwich City. The break from Norwich and return to Bournemouth should have been a favourable move for Lewis, but the Cherries are now a side that is pushing to get to the very top of the pyramid structure and Lewis has found he needs time to get his momentum back.

Lewis may feel he has not managed to do enough last season by scoring three goals in 16 games. The Championship is really where Lewis has played his best football during AFCB's promotion winning 2014/15 season. He couldn't quite find that magic scoring grove against despite playing with former strike partner Yann Kermorgant at Reading.

So what of the future? The striker bench at AFCB is becoming rather crowded at the Cherries. If Lys Mousset is viewed ahead of Lewis in the pecking order then Lewis would have to consider having another loan period to ensure he got playing minutes under his belt or a new start somewhere else. I feel he needs a new challenge and may be not in the south of England, but he should consider a move that's a real change if his family life can allow it. Scotland could be a break with the past and a chance for him to get his confidence back at a big club like Rangers, where Emerson Hyndman fitted in so well last season. I just thing he needs to try something new. Visiting old places in the Championship hasn't really shot him back into the limelight and he could play in Scotland knowing that if he did well he would still get major headlines and coverage, especially if he could play for an old firm side. Whether such clubs would be interested in a striker that had lost his sharp scoring finesse though is another question.

Other news, some fans have informed Cherry Chimes that Andrew Surman has signed a contract until 2019, and this was confirmed in a Bournemouth Echo article today which is great to hear!

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