Former Sunderland Kevin Phillips has called on Phil Parkinson to hand Danny Graham a start against Oxford United at the weekend.
Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson confirmed a deal to bring experienced striker Graham back to the Stadium of Light earlier in September.
Adding to his forward options of Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke, Graham arrived after leaving Championship side Blackburn Rovers following the expiry of his contract.
And, Phillips has now called for him to be given a chance this Saturday against Oxford, telling Football Insider:
“I would always go with two strikers in that league.
“Sunderland need to win a football match. I have always backed Grigg but it is quite clear that a change is needed. Maybe leave him out for a while and go with Danny Graham or Charlie Wyke.
“I think go with Graham and Aiden O’Brien – have a look at those two as a partnership. They need to do something because it is becoming very frustrating up there.
“I certainly expect changes at the weekend.”
Despite only netting once in 42 appearances for Sunderland over a three-year spell at the Stadium of Light between 2013 and 2016, Graham made an instant impact last week against Aston Villa’s under-21 side in the Football League Trophy.
Graham will be handed a chance for Sunderland in the coming weeks, but Saturday may be too soon for Parkinson to select him from the start.
The experienced striker must bounce back after his lacklustre first spell at the Stadium of Light. But his overall goal record in English football is strong and it is surely just a matter of time before he does eventually break into the Sunderland XI.
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