HE’S not yet at the level of goalscoring attained by the man he has, to all intents and purposes, replaced. But Lewis Grabban is getting there!
The Rotherham United striker, an ever-present so far, marked his 20th appearance of the season by taking his tally to 11 with the double strike that ensured the FA Cup passage up at Barrow on Saturday.
It’s a tally which puts him up with the leading scorers in the division and, in fact, on league goals alone he shares top spot with four others on nine.
As his goal scoring continues, comparisons become inevitable with the man who moved on, Adam Le Fondre.
At the same stage last season, ie, 20 appearances, Le Fondre had helped himself to 16 goals - and 15 of them were in the league.
One difference is that Grabban is scoring his from different roles.
He has played as a central striker and wide right, the role he played on Saturday and on other occasions.
Grabban, signed in the summer from Brentford after previously being at Millwall and Cyrstal Palace, prefers playing centrally but is just happy to be among the goals.
“I knew he could score goals,” claims Millers manager Andy Scott. “He’s never really had a break or a run of games and I felt if we could give him that, then we’d see him blossom.
“It was a difficult decision for him because he’s better than League Two but he knew he’d get a chance coming here and that I believed in him.
“It’s no surprise he’s showing what he can do . He just needed the opportunity and he’s taken it so far and looks a threat all the time.”
The goalscoring comparision with Le Fondre may not be the only one. His scoring feats are bound to attract attention and prompt other clubs to watch him.
Right back David Elebert, 25, formerly at Hamilton Accies and also Preston, played in the Millers reserves’ 4-0 win over Scunthorpe yesterday at Parkgate.
Marcus Marshall and Ollie Banks both scored twice. Michael Raynes and Johnny Mullins played.