Almost a year ago to the day, Bournemouth splurged £7 million hard earned pounds on bringing Lewis Grabban back to the Vitality Stadium, according to the BBC. That he’s been linked with a mid-season exit, and a drop down to the second tier, says a lot about his impact during his second spell on the South Coast. They do say you should never go back.
Grabban mustered just 628 Premier League minutes in 2016 and, to top it off, no Premier League goals. Therefore, if his recent record is anything to go by, he is not the man to take the goalscoring burden off Leeds United’s runaway top scorer Chris Wood.
The Mirror report that Garry Monk’s side, along with fellow high flyers Brighton and Fulham, are interested in rescuing him from a second spell so disastrous it makes Kevin Keegan’s return to Newcastle United appear positively sensible.
On the flipside, however, Grabban is not a wholly bad striker. He’s just got a few symptoms of Cameron Jerome-itis. Essentially, he thrives in the lower leagues but finds the Premier League a jump too far.
In his last two Championship campaigns, Grabban has hit the net 34 times, spearheading Norwich City’s promotion winning 2014/15 campaign. Therefore, a six-month loan deal could surely serve Leeds, and the 28-year-old, very well indeed.
As it stands, centre-half Kyle Bartley is Leeds’ second highest goalscorer with just four and, if they are to maintain a promotion bid across the season, they cannot afford to be so reliant upon one individual.
Therefore, the addition of a man with proven second tier pedigree would prove rather astute if the champagne corks pop in May.