Sunderland fell to their first defeat in ten matches when they visited Fratton Park on Saturday, and once again Phil Parkinson found no place in his matchday squad for Will Grigg.
That may indicate that he wasn’t keen on playing League Two football, or instead that he is determined to win his place back in the Sunderland side, after seeing January signings Kyle Lafferty and Antoine Semenyo take his place in the pecking order – both of whom started on the bench against Portsmouth.
Considering the Northern Ireland international has just one league goal all season that is not surprising, though there are still a number of supporters who believe Grigg is still worthy of a place in the team.
One possible reason for that is Charlie Wyke’s poor goalscoring form. The 27-year-old has started the last ten Sunderland matches but scored just three times, thereby showing the lack of clinical edge up-front for the Black Cats. Despite that, some fans oppose Grigg returning to the side, and given Sunderland have largely been better without him – as their unbeaten run evidenced – it is understandable that they have taken such a view.
Has Phil Parkinson done enough to convince you Sunderland are going up?
Here is some of the discussion taking place between fans regarding the issue of Grigg being given another chance in the first-team.
He needs to do more when given his opportunity
— Josh Gibson (@JoshGib76204214) February 2, 2020
Personally I would play him I think the system we play now would suit him and he’s got to be better than wyke
— Chris Muir (@crazycorner01) February 2, 2020
We seem to want a target man but let’s face facts Wyke doesn’t actually perform like a target man, or even a footballer for that matter so yes give him a chance.
— Richard Pinner (@richpinner1971) February 2, 2020
Don’t like the witch-hunt craic aimed at him but surprised he didn’t do the Salford loan (especially if his family are in NW. Hasn’t been in the team since we picked up form and I’d look miserable if I travelled to Hampshire and wasn’t even in the squad. Give him a go.
— HMcD 🌹 (@Hmcdnl7) February 2, 2020
Think it depends on whether he wants it. Never been convinced he wants to be at #SAFC tbh but having turned down a move away he needs to convince that he should be paid by us. Otherwise we have a low level Rodwell on our hands.
— Hummy (@eathummous1) February 2, 2020
These people who think Grigg should get another chance what have they been watching for the last 12 months? No movement & power, weak, half hearted, not motivated, no confidence, can’t hit a barn door, he’s had enough chances move on !
— Tim (@safctim) February 2, 2020
The real question in all of this is, does he “want” another chance ? The vibe he gives off is that he absolutely hates it here. Us “giving” him another chance isn’t the problem imo.
— Anthony Rand (@mackemanth) February 2, 2020
Id use him for a direct replacement sub for gooch down the left, when i watched him at wigan the odd time he always seemed to be down the left flank cutting in 🤷🏻♂️
— Deano! (@deanscrimgour1) February 2, 2020
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