Transfer in Numbers: How has Will Grigg fared this season before his Sunderland move?

Sunderland, after having seven bids rejected, finally landed their man in Will Grigg after Wigan accepted the Black Cats’ eighth bid, with the Northern Ireland international arriving in a £4m deal, as reported by the BBC.

Wearsiders boss Jack Ross was desperate to get a new striker through the door after losing 15-goal Josh Maja to Bordeaux for just £3.5m, and as the seconds ticked away and the deadline got closer, a deal was accepted by the Latics.

How did he do before his move?

Grigg is a prolific goalscorer at this level, having scored 62 goals in his last three seasons to help get MK Dons promoted once, and Wigan promoted twice out of League One.

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So far in the current campaign, the 27-year-old has managed to notch four goals in 17 Championship appearances, with seven of those showings coming from the substitutes bench – he has also recorded one assist.

It seems apparent that Grigg is nowhere near as effective in England’s second tier as he is in the third tier, which is only good news for Sunderland fans who had feared their promotion charge would become derailed by 20-year-old Maja’s departure.

What can he offer?

Grigg is a prolific striker who excels in and around the penalty box, where his one-touch finishing is particularly eye-catching and thoroughly effective.

His hold up play is equally as impressive, and for a player needed in order to mount a promotion push from League One, Sunderland couldn’t really have signed a better man for the job.

He has scored goals wherever he’s played, and will need absolutely no time to settle as he is well acquainted with the division.

The Black Cats will have undoubtedly been sad to see Maja depart, as at such a young age, he still had plenty to offer and a huge ceiling for improvement, but Grigg should make them forget about the Englishman immediately.

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