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Grigg not the man for Sunderland’s Championship aspirations

Grigg not the man for Sunderland’s Championship aspirations

According to The Sunderland Echo, The Black Cats have offered an improved bid for Wigan’s Will Grigg, after having their original bid rejected. 

Sunderland and manager Jack Ross are clearly desperate to land a deal for the 27-year-old, and look as though they will not stop until they have secured his services at The Stadium of Light.

However, while this may be a high-profile signing, given the past that the Northern Ireland international has, this is a very bizarre move from Sunderland, and looks to be the wrong choice.

Now there is no denying that Grigg is a successful goalscorer in League One. In his combined last three seasons in the division with Wigan and MK Dons, he has amassed 64 league goals in total, which is a return that Sunderland would desperately want. With rumours that Josh Maja, their top goalscorer, could be leaving the northeast this month, they will need a player to be as fruitful in front of goal.


Grigg appears to be the man that can keep firing them in for Sunderland and take them into the Championship. But this is where it becomes a problem. In his last season in the Championship, the 2016/17 season, Grigg amassed five goals in 33 games. This season with Wigan, he has only managed four goals in 16 games. He has clearly proven to be a League One striker, but struggles in the Championship.

If Sunderland pay such a high fee for Grigg, they will expect more from him than half a season, but if they earn promotion, that is surely what they will get.

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