Factfile: Who is new Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban?

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (left) and AFC Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban battle for the ball during the FA Cup fourth round. Picture: Andrew Matthews / PA Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (left) and AFC Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban battle for the ball during the FA Cup fourth round. Picture: Andrew Matthews / PA

Thursday, June 5, 2014
5:41 PM

Norwich City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth’s top scorer from last season Lewis Grabban.

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The 26-year-old striker’s 22 goals helped fire Bournemouth to a 10th-place finish in the Championship last season, but what else has Grabban achieved before his arrival at Carrow Road?

The Londoner came through Crystal Palace’s academy and made his senior debut at the age of 17, playing twice in the Carling Cup during the 2005/06 season.

The following season the attacker spent the first half of the season at Oldham before being given a chance in the Championship at Palace and scoring his first senior goal in dramatic fashion with a 90th-minute winner in a 3-2 win at West Brom.

Chances continued to be limited for Grabban at Selhurst Park though, and a loan spell in the Scottish Premier League with Motherwell at the start of the 2007/08 season came and went before a loan to League One with Millwall.

After going eight goals without a game, Grabban finally hit the goal-scoring trail with three goals in three games towards the end of the season to earn an £150,000 move to Millwall.

Seven goals in 16 games suggested Grabban’s career was finally taking off but he then failed to find the net again after November during the 2008/09 season, which ended in League One play-off final defeat to Scunthorpe for the Lions.

Just one goal in 14 games continued the struggle for the striker, with a loan spell at Brentford bringing two goals in seven games.

Brentford had seen enough to bring Grabban back on loan during the 2010/11 season but five goals in 26 appearances saw him drop down to League Two with Rotherham on a free transfer for the next season.

Then Grabban’s stalling career finally lifted off, with 21 goals in 41 games for the Millers in 2011/12, which convinced Bournemouth to part with £300,000 for his services.

He then scored 13 goals in 47 appearances as Bournemouth gained automatic promotion to the Championship, and then continued to establish himself as a goalscorer with the Cherries last season with 22 goals in 46 appearances.

With the current Norwich squad registering the club’s lowest-ever tally of 28 league goals in a season on their way to relegation from the Premier League, if Grabban can repeat those sort of figures again this season, he will soon be a very popular man in Norfolk.

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11 comments

  • I think this is a wait and see job,after all RVW had scored 30 goals the season before coming to City so unable at this point to get excited.

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    goldie

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • A word of caution. Clips of RvW and Hoops on Youtube before they came to City made them look mouth-wateringly good. Then someone put the hex on them and the goals dried up. It couldn't happen again, could it?

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    Chris Suttno

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • That`s so true Mattias. The common factor in the emasculation of the 3 you mention is Hugh Trollderwood. He`d even got the mighty Holt down to just 8 goals in a season. Unfinished business there; had Holty not made his escape, Bewilderwood was tasked to get him down to zero, by playing him in goal. Mind you, GH did not have a great season; out of favour at Wigan and a so-so loan spell at Villa. Maybe 4 goals in the season? Still better than the Zero lined up for him at Norwich.... Btw, Matt, what does `face palm the wall mean??`. I really don`t know ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • "at last a proven goal scorer".....because Hooper, Becchio, RVW etc.....were not proven goal scorers before NCFC? Comments like that, literally make me face palm the nearest wall.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • The bit that really impressed me was going eight goals without a game. Scoring without even playing: Classy.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • At last-a proven goalscorer, great chance now to unload expensive flop Rip van Winkle.

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    Barrie Drake

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Has he really played in the fourth round of FA Cup? That's something to tell his team mates about.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • His record prior to Bournemouth was good with Rotherham (at League 2 level after dropping down the leagues). Previously before that the record was less than good. By players own admission though he claims he wasnt playing regularly and was young and inexperienced. I saw him play live for Millwall (though I cant remember too much about the game) & for Brentford in a game he didnt do a lot in. I've not seen him at all since though so clean slate with me. He's clearly found a goal scoring touch and long may that continue.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Prolific goal scorer according to DF 'after 8 goals without a game'

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    Sherbert

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Hey MB - maybe even more popular! Some well-taken goals above - looks like a natural scorer. And strong too!

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    Cape Town Canary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • He`ll be as popular as Holt if he can pop in 23.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

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