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Sunderland: Phil Parkinson delighted with strikers as goalscoring concerns soften

Sunderland: Phil Parkinson delighted with strikers as goalscoring concerns soften - Sunderland News

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has revealed his delight after seeing his strikers score against Gateshead and Carlisle in pre-season action.

The 2019/2020 season offered very little in consistency and quality for Sunderland’s strike force, seeing the likes of Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke both struggle to find form.

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A lack of goals and ultimately poor performances saw Sunderland finish as low as eighth as they made it two successive seasons of failure to gain a promotion from League One to the Championship.

Heading in to the new campaign, Black Cats boss Parkinson is seemingly keen to bring in a new front man with former striker Danny Graham linked. That said, it seems he is also impressed with his current personnel.

With the season now fast approaching, pre-season friendlies against Gateshead and Carlisle offered the chance for both Grigg and Wyke to perform and both did just that.

Grigg, who has been criticised since his arrival at the Stadium of Light, netted against Gateshead before Wyke netted an impressive brace on Tuesday evening.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Parkinson said: “To score three goals again is great for our front players. It’s so important in pre-season that the strikers find the back of the net.”

He continued: “Will Grigg got one on Saturday, Chris has now got two and Charlie bagged a brace. I thought Charlie was a little bit static on Saturday, but today, he was outstanding when he got on.

“He held the ball up well, he ran the channels and got his reward with two really good goals. It’s good when strikers get those type of finishes.”

Chris Maguire, who has been utilised in a striker role previously, was also on the scoresheet, netting a goal in each of the club’s first two pre-season games.

It would be naïve if Parkinson thinks the performances of Grigg and Wyke against Gateshead and Carlisle will act as an example of league form in the new season.

Whilst it is certainly a positive and the players in question are now in the mix, a new option is also needed and if that turns out to be Graham, then the club will have very little excuses to make about the level of experience and quality they have in attack.

Do you think Parkinson can rely on Grigg and Wyke this season? Let us know in the comments section below…

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