If Sam Winnall signs for Sunderland this month there will be a hint of irony to the deal.
Last January, the Black Cats were faced with the choice of bolstering their front line with the Sheffield Wednesday man or Will Grigg.
As history tells us, they opted for Grigg. But rather than being on fire, there is nothing that has really kindled his time at the Stadium of Light.
He’s scored just once this season and has now found himself out of the side and out of favour with Phil Parkinson.
Charlie Wyke, who has scored just twice, is ahead of him in the pecking order and it seems as though his spell in the north-east is a dwindling one.
The Northern Irishman has been linked with an exit to Blackpool this month but they face the challenge of affording his wages.
Sunderland would have to pay a contribution if he did depart to the Tangerines, the likelihood of which could increase if Winnall arrives.
The forward was touted with a move to the club last week, one which would presumably be a permanent switch given his indication that he has no desire to move on loan.
The 28-year-old told Yorkshire Post: “I’ve got six months left on my contract so a loan move is irrelevant. That’s out of the question.”
The Black Cats have a desperate need for more goals. They’ve only scored 20 under Parkinson in his 17 matches in charge and if they want to make a late dart at the playoffs, signing another striker is pivotal.
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Like Grigg, however, Winnall is out of form and low on confidence. He has one strike to his name in 2019/20 and doesn’t look like recapturing his form anytime soon at Hillsborough.
Even if the Mackems bring in a striker who hasn’t convinced, it’s likely to see Grigg bumped down the pecking order.
He’s now not started for over a month and hasn’t scored since the middle of October. Another attacking player, therefore, would surely spell disaster for his already failed career at Sunderland.