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Sunderland fans are wrong to call for Will Grigg’s return

All of a sudden it’s panic stations at Sunderland.

The Black Cats have failed to win either of their last two games and everyone is frenzied.

Outlets have been calling for a plan B from Phil Parkinson, while others have pointed towards one tactical switch they think the gaffer should make.

Indeed, fans have been crying out for the re-introduction of Will Grigg into the team – but we simply can’t get our heads around why anyone would want to see that.

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Perhaps some fans are mentally stuck in the summer of 2016, when the whole nation was proclaiming that the Northern Irishman was ‘on fire’ after a chant about the former Wigan striker went viral, but we can assure you that the fire has long been extinguished.

Don’t just take our word for it though, the stats will show you that bringing the 28-year-old back into the team would be a foolish idea.

The 28-year-old has found the back of the net just once this season, and that simply isn’t a return you’d expect from a man with over 100 goals in League One to his name.

Of course, a modern striker’s role isn’t just to score goals, but he’s not doing it on the creative front either, assisting just once all term.

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The issue is that Grigg was once a fantastic goal scorer at this level, netting 25 with Wigan in the 2015/16 season, before hitting 19 just a couple of seasons later, but since his move to Wearside, he hasn’t been able to recapture that form.

He’s not even getting into the right positions anymore, averaging just 0.8 shots per game, and when he does shoot it’s usually to no avail, completely missing the target with over 46 per cent of his efforts this term.

Sunderland could probably do with changing something after their previous two results, but bringing Grigg back into the fold surely isn’t the answer.

In other news, Sunderland fans are far from happy with the latest injury news.

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