Sunderland centre-forward Will Grigg may have played his last game at the Stadium of Light.
That’s according to a claim made by Kevin Phillips, with the former Black Cats striker revealing in an interview with Football Insider that he cannot imagine the 30-year-old pulling on a Sunderland shirt once again, following his move to Rotherham United on loan.
In the interview, Phillips said: “I think that’s the last we will see of him at Sunderland, to be honest. It just hasn’t worked out for whatever reason. The quicker he moves on the better, for both parties. I cannot see him wearing a Sunderland shirt again.”
With the Northern Ireland international’s current contract at Sunderland set to expire at the end of the season, unless, for some bizarre reason, Lee Johnson decides to offer the centre-forward a new deal at the club, it would indeed appear as if Grigg has played his last game for the Black Cats.
And, considering just how poor the striker has been since his record-breaking move from Wigan Athletic back in 2019, it would seem highly unlikely that too many tears will be shed at the Stadium of Light at the thought of waving goodbye to the 30-year-old.
Indeed, over his 62 appearances for Sunderland, the £1.08m-rated forward scored just eight goals and provided his teammates with three assists, a rather remarkable decline in form from his time at Wigan, where he bagged 65 goals and registered 14 assists over 150 appearances.
As such, when factoring in his £4m transfer fee and £6k-per-week wages during his time on Wearside, it would seem a fair assessment that Grigg has been a rather large waste of money for Sunderland, leading us to believe that Phillips is indeed correct to suggest that a parting of ways between the Mackems and the man Matthew Keeling once dubbed “pathetic” is something that would suit all parties.