Sunderland’s forgotten man Will Grigg is set to finally depart the club, after finding himself on back-to-back loan spells.
As per the report, Grigg is out of contract at the Stadium of Light this summer and is not expected to be offered a new deal by the Black Cats, with the forward not having donned a Sunderland shirt since last year, in what was a solitary appearance before being chucked back out on loan, this time to Rotherham United.
Millers boss Warne has been impressed with Grigg and has stated his intent to sign the striker, saying this (as per Sheffield Star via Sunderland Echo): “I’m going to have a conversation with his agent.
“I would like to keep Griggy but it’s down to the player. He’ll consider the geography of it, the finances of it, what other offers he gets.
“It might be something we sort out in a couple of weeks, it might be something we revisit in July.”
He’s played a part that is almost unquantifiable for Warne’s side, though the manager has indeed noted his impact, despite a lack of direct attacking returns:
“A striker’s job isn’t just to score. Look at Smudge, he’s been brilliant for us over the years but it’s only this season that he’s scored 20-plus goals.
“Griggy was the glue in our team. When he was injured his boots weren’t easy ones to fill.”
Whilst that may be the case for Rotherham, Sunderland possess more direct forwards like Ross Stewart, who has just hit 28 goals for the Black Cats in League One this season and with Grigg dubbed as a “Sunderland flop” as per Roker Report, it looks as though his time at the Stadium of Light is finally up.
The £6k-per-week earner has been nothing but a disaster since being brought to the club by Stewart Donald back in 2019 for a fee of £4m. It felt like a panic buy at the time and it has not proven to be good business at all with the forward finding the net just 29 times during his stint.
It feels like it’s time to finally cut ties with the striker for good.