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Sunderland: These fans find Parkinson’s trust in Grigg worrying

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In preparation for their match against Gillingham, Phil Parkinson spoke in a prematch press conference. One of the topics discussed was the fitness of striker Will Grigg. Parkinson insisted that the player was back in contention for a spot in the starting lineup after missing out through illness. This news was shared via Sunderland’s Twitter account.

With the team struggling for goals, one would naturally think that this news would come as a relief to Sunderland fans. The Black Cats have really struggled in recent weeks to score more than one goal a game (WhoScored.com). But fans were not convinced that Grigg would be able to make that much of an impact on the team’s poor form.

This fan believes that the statement will prelude the news that Sunderland management will not search for a new striker in January. It appears to him that Grigg will be the man Parkinson and his staff will look to for goals for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season.

One fan simply doesn’t think he is good enough and that his tenure at the club proves it. Another fan questions why Grigg, who is valued at £1.35 million (Transfermarkt), isn’t finding his feet at Sunderland, claiming that there could be a variety of variables causing the player’s downfall. If he can find is form though, he will be a real asset to Sunderland.

What do we think?

If Parkinson is willing to hang his hat on Grigg, then perhaps he is seeing things in training sessions that he likes. But fans are not convinced that he is the man to bring them back into the Championship. They would much rather see Stewart Donald splash the cash in January than hope for Grigg to turn his career around.

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