No way back for Grigg at Sunderland says Black Cats legend

Kevin Phillips predicts an end to Grigg's career at the Stadium of Light despite Dons form

Monday, 8th March 2021, 10:43 am
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 10:44 am
Will Grigg

Will Grigg may have played his final game for Sunderland, according to Kevin Phillips, despite impressing during his loan spell at MK Dons.

Grigg netted just eight goals in 61 appearances at the Stadium of Light, struggling for form and a consistent run in the side following his £4 million move from Wigan in January 2019.

Since moving on loan to Dons though, Grigg has scored three and set up three in his seven appearances so far, but both the striker and manager Russell Martin were coy on talks of making the move permanent in the summer.But Phillips, who scored 130 goals in 235 appearances for Sunderland, believes his form at Stadium MK will not make any difference to the potential of rekindling his career in the north east.

“I don’t think there is any way back for him at Sunderland," he told FootballInsider. “I think it is a club he will never perform at. Some clubs do not suit a player and sometimes you cannot put your finger on it.

“It is no surprise to me to see him scoring at MK Dons. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say, ‘It wasn’t meant to be.’

“You do not become a bad player or a bad goalscorer overnight. He has proven that he can score goals.

“Could he return to Sunderland? I think both player and club will want to move on this summer. I think they will shake hands and be done with it.”