AFC Bournemouth right back Simon Francis believes that Cherries top goal scorer Lewis Grabban has improved since Eddie Howe returned to manage the club.
Grabban joined the Cherries in the summer from League Two side Rotherham United for a reported fee of around £300,000.
He had spent just one season with Rotherham after moving from Brentford. He scored 18 goals in League Two making him the joint top goalscorer for the 2011/12 season.
Under former manager Paul Groves he played as a striker, right winger and the wide man of a front three, this spell brought just one goal in eleven appearances.
But since it was announced that Eddie Howe would be returning to the club as manager Grabban has primarily been used as an out and out striker and his goal return has vastly improved to eleven goals in twenty one appearances.
He recently went five games without a goal, but had been playing more of a wide role in those games, but following the recent transfer window signings of Ryan Fraser from Aberdeen and Matt Ritchie from Swindon, Francis firmly believes that Grabban’s future remains upfront.
Francis told the Daily Echo…
‘We do a lot of crossing and finishing and one-on-one finishing and he is really up there in terms of his finishing. I think it has improved since he first came in.
“When he first started, because he had played a lot of games out wide, he wanted to run down the channels. But now, he is making narrow runs, getting in on goal and scoring goals.
“He can play right wing but having brought in the players we have, I am not sure how much he will be needed now on the right. He will definitely be a more important player up front for us.”
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