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Will Lewis Grabban still be a Norwich City player at 6pm tonight?

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It emerged prior to a recent Norwich City game that Lewis Grabban

is determined to make things difficult for his present employers. The

rumour suggests

that the striker left the team hotel after being told he was only going

to be named as a sub for the Capital One Cup game against Rotherham

United.
Of course, it isn’t purely

believed to be a reaction to not starting the game, it’s more of a case

of the player wanting to leave the club and link-up with Eddie Howe at

Bournemouth again. Alex Neil has confirmed that the Cherries have had three bids rejected for the player with the latest believed to be a deal worth around £6.2m.

If we assume for a second that Grabban does indeed want the transfer to

happen, it’s all a bit strange to me. When Norwich signed the striker

when they were first relegated to the Championship, he was only too

happy to leave Bournemouth at that point. Of course, he may have been

surprised by his former club’s rise since then – but he is already a

Premier League player in any case.
So, another

possibility is he is frustrated by not playing every game – but Alex

Neil has come out on a number of occasions to state how much he thinks

about the striker. In fact, Grabban has played a lot under the manager

and even started the first game of this season against Crystal Palace.

Furthermore, I wouldn’t have thought that the forward would be automatic

first choice at Bournemouth with Callum Wilson in the building.

When Norwich City were last in the Premier League there was a similar

incident involving Wes Hoolahan. I think at that point it was more to do

with the fact that the Irishman wasn’t getting a regular game in the

team – but nevertheless he tried to force a move through to Aston Villa.

At the time it looked certain that he would leave.

However, David McNally and friends insured he didn’t. Hoolahan was a

big part of Norwich City’s success last season and has started this

season brightly with three assists already. Grabban is a player highly

regarded by Neil so I’d think he would want to hold of him if he

possibly can.
The other issue here is that

Bournemouth are one of Norwich’s chief rivals to beat the drop so won’t

want to give away a prized asset to them. I’m sure there will be a few

disciplinary issues and the striker may find himself out of the squad

for the next few weeks – but I’d be surprised if the move was

sanctioned.
The other thing here is the club are quite light on striking options with Gary Hooper possibly on his way to Sheffield Wednesday,

Kyle Lafferty with injury problems and Ricky van Wolfswinkel fighting

to rediscover his form. It’s well-known that the club are looking for a

new striker even before the thing with Grabban but there is no guarantee

of that being a success. Alex Neil has pointed out that he will not

leave Norwich short which adds to the suggestion that Grabban will stay

put!
Wow, such insightful writing.

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