Stephen Elliott has claimed on Twitter that Sunderland need to sell Will Grigg in the near future as the striker continues to struggle in front of goal – following Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup defeat to Oxford United on penalties.
Sunderland splashed out an almight £4million (BBC) to bring Grigg to the Stadium of Light, making him the most expensive transfer for a League One side in history. But the Northern Ireland international has since struggled to live up to that fee.
Indeed, Grigg has scored just seven goals in 38 appearances for Sunderland. Though 15 of those have been from the bench, Grigg has only netted twice in 17 appearances this season – playing second fiddle to the likes of Martc McNulty.
Grigg came on in the 55th minute at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night, but the Black Cats could not win passage to the quarter-finals. Oxford won on penalties, and ex-Sunderland man Elliott has urged his old side to sell Grigg.
Grigg looks as if he’s in a real unhappy place on pitch. I’d try offload him & get another in for sake of both player and club in Jan. Looks more like 300K FWD rather than 3-4 mill one. Shame as he has ability but just wrong fit. Would have to take a big loss on him though #safc
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) October 29, 2019
TBR’s view – Sunderland would be wrong to sell Grigg
That is because of their enormous outlay on the 28-year-old. Sunderland splashed out an enormous £4million to land the former Wigan and MK Dons star, after previously scoring 94 goals in 254 League One games.
Despite his woeful form, though, it would be wrong to sell him. That is because Sunderland would take a huge loss on the striker. Clubs are unlikely to want to pay half of what Sunderland paid.
Under a new manager, Sunderland need to hope that Grigg finally comes good on Wearside. The club would take a loss selling him in January, so they might as well give him a chance and risk an even bigger loss.