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Lewis Grabban

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Biography

Date of birth

12/01/1988

Signed

31/01/2017

Country

England

This adroit six foot frontman began his career at Crystal Palace, coming through the ranks at Selhurst Park to make his debut at the age of 17 in a home win over Walsall in the League Cup.

After a short loan stint with Oldham, he scored his first professional goal for the Eagles against West Brom in March 2007, before another spell north of the border with Motherwell in 2007-08.

Following a Permanent move to Millwall that same season, he got off the mark with a trio of goals in consecutive appearances for the Lions and in 2008-09 Grabban played an important part in helping Millwall reach the play-off final, beating Leeds over two legs in the semi-final only to lose to Scunthorpe United in the Wembley showpiece that year.     

A move to London provided Grabban with loan spells at Brentford before the move to Griffin Park was made permanent in January 2011. But that summer he was on the move again to sign for Rotherham, scoring 21 goals across all competitions as a Miller.

The following summer League One Bournemouth brought the striker to the south coast and he scored 13 goals in his debut season as he guided the Cherries to automatic promotion to the Championship.

His fine goalscoring form continued into the second tier, notching an impressive 22 goals that prompted Norwich City who signed the striker in the summer of 2014. Come the end of the subsequent season Grabban had 13 goals to his name and the Canaries were promoted to the Premier League in the process via route of the play-off finals against Middlesbrough.  

His first top flight goal came in November 2015 against Arsenal, then the following January he moved back to the Cherries in a transfer window homecoming to re-join Eddie Howe’s side in the premier League.

A wealth of top flight experience to his name, Jaap Stam dipped into the loan market to sign Grabban for the Royals in January 2017, and the striker made his debut at Madejski Stadium as a half time substitute against Barnsley.     

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