In our latest installment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
Sunderland signed Will Grigg for £4m from Wigan Athletic in January 2019, as reported by BBC Sport at the time, in what was seen as a real coup for the club, given their League One status.
The price they were willing to pay, along with the fact they made a grand total of eight bids, shows how much faith the Black Cats had that the Northern Ireland international would be able to produce, with the aim being that his goals would fire Sunderland back to the Championship.
This confidence came from the fact that in 150 appearances for Wigan, Grigg has managed to record 65 goals and 14 assists, as per Transfermarkt.
His initial impact was not as spectacular as Jack Ross would have hoped, as he got 4 goals and 2 assists from 18 games – which isn’t too bad a tally – but this wasn’t enough to get automatic promotion, with the striker making two substitute appearances in the play-offs as they eventually lost out to Charlton Athletic.
Following this disappointment, the hope will likely have been that the 28-year-old would kick on following a pre-season at Sunderland, but he has failed to get into the team ahead of Charlie Wyke, starting just two League One games, being a regular off the bench but failing to score in the league this campaign, as per WhoScored.
However, with Charlie Wyke now out injured with ligament damage, Sunderland will need Grigg to step up under new manager Phil Parkinson.
With less competition for places and a new man in the hot seat to impress, Grigg has his best opportunity yet to make his mark at the Stadium of Light and fulfill the expectations originally placed upon him – he needs to take it for his own sake and that of Sunderland’s promotion hopes.
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