This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how poorly a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how poor of a deal the club managed to achieve.
If you have cast your eyes on Netflix series ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die‘, you will be fully aware of the club’s desire to bring in Grigg during the January transfer window of 2019.
Signing for the Black Cats in a £4m deal, the former Wigan Athletic goalscorer had been expected to provide the club with a significant number of goals, but his poor debut season at the club resulted in netting five in 22 appearances.
One goal in 20 league appearances this time round has seen Grigg’s impact become less and less with Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson struggling to find a regular scorer.
A return of just eight goals in the colours of red and white is hardly good transfer business, especially for a third tier club paying the sizeable figure of £4m, averaging out at £500k-per-goal.
In a big part of the second series of ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’, owner Stewart Donald is seen on the programme to have offered numerous different amounts for Grigg during negotiations in a desperate effort to land him, but the fee they paid now looks extremely excessive.
According to Transfermarkt, the 28-year-old is now only worth £1.2m, a significant drop in value since his arrival, and with the website doing reviews of player’s values every six months, that figure is expected to drop even more come the summer.
Question marks of Donald’s ownership of the club continue to be heard in media outlets, having been reported to have made the club available for sale just 19 months into his reign as owner.
A potential sale of the club could bring in a fresh approach, but Sunderland fans will be fully aware of previous owner Ellis Short and Donald’s struggles in charge.
One thing any potential new owner will not have is a striker who is not only in form, but also marketable, and with Grigg edging closer and closer to the 30 years-old mark, his value will undoubtedly continue to drop.
The song used to go ‘Will Grigg’s on fire’, but it seems that flame has now been put out.
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