Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has praised striker Will Grigg for his start to pre-season which saw him score against Gateshead in a friendly at the weekend.
Featuring regularly for the Black Cats through the 2019/2020 season, the 29-year-old has failed to find consistent form, with just one goal and one assist to his name.
Despite that poor form, Grigg’s start to pre-season has left an impression after he produced a good cameo performance against Gateshead at the weekend.
Touching on Grigg’s performance after the win over Gateshead, Parkinson said: “I’m pleased, [with Will’s performance] obviously. All Will could do was come back in the shape that he has done. He’s fitter than he’s been for a very long time.”
The pre-season fixture saw Sunderland run out 3-1 winners as Chris Maguire and Josh Scowen also got themselves on the scoresheet.
Sunderland fan website Roker Report looked deeper into the game and handed Grigg a rating of 7/10, commenting on his goal and assist for Scowen’s strike.
If, and it is a big if, Will Grigg can turn his fortunes round at Sunderland then Phil Parkinson will have a superb option on his hands. Indeed, this is a player who has 101 League One goals to his name in his career to date.
That said, it is worth remembering that they were playing Gateshead at the weekend, not a League One side so his performance has to be taken with a pinch of salt at this stage.
But all he can do is score goals when given the opportunity, so this is certainly a good start from the 29-year-old.
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