Factfile: Who is new Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban?
17:41 05 June 2014
Norwich City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth’s top scorer from last season Lewis Grabban.
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.