Aston Villa’s distant hopes of automatic promotion from the English Championship ended on Saturday after drawing away to fellow play-off hopefuls Derby County.
With just one game remaining before the play-offs start, Villa now know they are likely to play Middlesbrough in the semi-final of the process, hoping to make a lucrative step up to the English Premier League.
Derby took the lead at Villa Park through Cameron Jerome before a late Lewis Grabban strike earned a point for Steve Bruce’s side.
It was Grabban’s 20th goal of the season, eight of which have been scored at Villa after switching loan clubs in January. With four goals in his last three games, he appears to be peaking at the perfect time for the Villans.
Fans are now eager to sign him up on a permanent basis this summer, many believing he’d be an excellent squad option in the top-flight and a potential main man if they fail to get promoted.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts after Saturday’s match…
Would happily sign Grabban if we go up. Enjoys it here and the fans have taken to him. Scores goals and has alot to his game. Don't think he will cost too much. #AVFC
— Chez Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) April 28, 2018
If we go up, we should probably sign Lewis Grabban permanently.
If we don't go up, we MUST sign Lewis Grabban permanently. #AVFC
— Tom Nightingale (@tdnightingale) April 28, 2018
Sign Grabban forever
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 28, 2018
— Jack Hurley (@Jack_Hurley_R) April 28, 2018
— RJ ⚽️⚾️🏈 (@EvilVillan) April 28, 2018
Think if we don't go up sell Hogan get rid of McCormack to try find a deal for Grabban #avfc
— tonksy (@dicktonksy) April 28, 2018
Well done to Grabban for Reaching 20 goals this season, what a great signing #avfc
— Thetruevillain (@Truevillainavfc) April 28, 2018
never thought i’d say this but PAY WHATEVER IT COSTS FOR LEWIS GRABBAN #avfc
— Jack Grimse (@JackGrimse) April 28, 2018