Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has told Phil Parkinson to drop Will Grigg for this weekend’s League One tie with Oxford United.
After arriving on Wearside in January 2019, striker Grigg, who had a spell with Wigan Athletic, has not had the best of times with the Black Cats.
With his move heavily documented via Netflix series Sunderland Til I Die, the 29-year-old’s struggles have not seen an improvement, seeing him contribute with just three goals in all competitions in the 19/20 campaign.
Having a relatively good pre-season, Grigg played a large part in the opening day League One draw with Bristol Rovers.
However, speaking ahead of Sunderland’s weekend League One fixture with Oxford, former striker Phillips has called on Parkinson to make a change to his forward line.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “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.”
The comments from Phillips come just two weeks after he claimed that he didn’t feel the striker could score 20+ goals this season. Indeed told Football Insider: “From the evidence of last season I do not think he can score 20 goals, I am not going to beat around the bush.”
Charlie Wyke and Danny Graham are both waiting in the wings for a starting place in Parkinson’s side with the latter returning back to the Stadium of Light from Blackburn Rovers this summer.
Phillips may have a point given Grigg’s overall struggles at the Stadium of Light – the £1.08m-valued man has scored just eight times in 51 Sunderland appearances so far.
However, we are just one game into the League One season and therefore to drop the player already may be a little harsh given he hasn’t had much of a chance to prove his worth this term. Added to that, this is a player who has a history of scoring goals in the third tier, with 101 goals at that level to date, so he surely worth persevering with for now.
The likes of Graham and Wyke will be champing at the bit to take his place, but for this week at least, Grigg deserves one more chance.
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