What a turn around! We all remember his debut, out of position at right back and torn apart against Villa as Avram got it all wrong. It took the lad a while to recover from that, and given the club we signed him from, he looked more Matalan than Armani.
But this season he has been a revelation, covering for the cumbersome Collins and the less than brilliant full backs. Indeed, along with Nolan and Noble, he has been one of our best players so far this season.
Why the transformation? Well to be fair to Grant, he has the raw material to be a full back because he has the precious quality of pace. All it needed, it seems, was time to mature and refine his positional sense and decision making to polish him into a top quality defender.
Against Newcastle he was again excellent and the partnership with Tomkins looked more than tidy. Hopefully that is our future and the temptation to bring in the clapped out Rio will be resisted.
But full credit to Allardyce too. He has handled the lad brilliantly, keeping him out of the spotlight until he was ready, then showing total faith in him when the time was right. Reid was discouraged from going to the Olympics; Tomkins, it seems, received the green light to go because Allardyce had already decided who was his main man at the back.
The only trouble is, he has played too well. Big clubs are sniffing. Expect Spurs to be linked any time soon. Hopefully Reid will sign a new contract quickly and, unlike Parker, will stay loyal to West Ham!