Sunderland have confirmed that Will Grigg will return to the Stadium of Light this summer.
That’s according to a statement posted on the club website, in which Lee Johnson revealed the names of the players that will be retained by the club ahead of their 2021/22 League One campaign, of which Will Grigg is one.
While it would have been an unlikely scenario that the Black Cats would have released the 29-year-old centre-forward a year prior to the expiry of his contract, the fact that Grigg looks set to make a return to the club this summer is something that is nonetheless likely to leave Sunderland fans livid.
With the Black Cats having spent a whopping £3.06m on the Northern Ireland international back in January of 2019, it would be a fair statement to make that the striker has not quite lived up to his pricetag during his spell on Wearside.
Over his total number of 47 League One appearances for Sunderland, Grigg has found the back of the net just five times, in addition to registering a mere three assists – with the £6k-per-week forward having not been on the scoresheet in a league fixture for the club since October of 2019.
However, rather ironically, after being loaned out to Milton Keynes Dons in February this year, the forward went on to score eight goals and provide three assists over just 20 League One appearances for Russell Martin’s side.
Although, considering just how poor the 29-year-old has been while wearing the red and white of Sunderland, this upturn in form while away from the club is unlikely to have convinced the Mackems that Grigg could lead the line for Lee Johnson’s side next season – and will surely be hoping that the 39-year-old can manage to move the man who Jack Ross claimed is “desperate to be a success” onto pastures new this summer.