Micky Gray discusses whether Sunderland need to sign Will Grigg replacement

Former Sunderland player Michael Gray is seen on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in...

Will Grigg has scored just four goals in 25 League One games since joining Jack Ross's Sunderland for £4m.

Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray and now Radio pundit, looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on August 17,...

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.”

Will Grigg of Sunderland hits the side netting and reacts during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Blackpool at Stadium of Light on February 12, 2019 in Sunderland,...

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.

Manager Jack Ross during the first SAFC training session of the season on July 2, 2019 at The Academy of Light in Sunderland, England.

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