Micky Gray believes Sunderland may be forced to look at signing a new striker during the January transfer window unless Will Grigg finds form between now and the turn of the year, speaking to Football League World.
Grigg’s struggles have been well documented since he made that £4 million move to the Stadium of Light in the January transfer window (BBC). A striker who has averaged more than 20 goals a season in League One during spells at Wigan, Walsall and MK Dons has scored just four times in 24 third-tier matches for Jack Ross’s side in the last eight months.
And with Charlie Wyke also struggling for fitness for much of that time, former Black Cats left-back Gray is understandably concerned that a lack of firepower could cost Sunderland dear for the second season in a row.
“I always say you’re only as good as your centre-forward, so if they can strengthen in that area,” Gray said when asked where Sunderland need to strengthen.
“Will Grigg has come into the side and been there for quite a while. He has said himself that he is disappointed with his form, so if that can change then I think they might not need to bring in another centre-forward.
“But that will be down to the form of the forwards they have already.”
Marc McNulty, the summer signing from Reading, has impressed the Wearside faithful with his skill and work-rate but he, like Grigg, is yet to open his account in the league so far in 2019/20.
And, as it stands, ten teams in the division have scored more than a Sunderland side who are under pressure to seal a return to the Championship this season. Oxford and Tranmere, positioned 20th and 17th respectively, have even found the net more often than Ross’s side so far.
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