Phil Parkinson comments on Will Grigg in Sunderland training

Sunderland forward Will Grigg has struggled to make much of an impression so far at the Stadium of Light, with Jack Ross often leaving him on the bench.

Phil Parkinson manager of Bolton Wanderers during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Bolton,...

Phil Parkinson has told the Northern Echo that he has been impressed by Will Grigg in Sunderland training so far.

Grigg has had a difficult time at Sunderland since joining in January, with the striker failing to show anywhere near his best.

The Northern Ireland international has always been a prolific scorer at League One level, but his form for Sunderland has been poor.

Grigg has scored just six times in 35 appearances since joining the Black Cats, and he has not hit the back of the net at all in the league this season.


The 28-year-old was used as a substitute in Parkinson’s first game in charge of the Black Cats, but he failed to make an impact as Sunderland slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.

Grigg may now have a chance of starting this evening, as Sunderland take on Tranmere Rovers, as usual starter Charlie Wyke is out.

And Parkinson is encouraged by what he has seen from Grigg on the training ground.

“I’ve looked at Will in training and I think he looks bright,” Parkinson said.

Will Grigg of Sunderland during the Carabao Cup second round match between Burnley and Sunderland at Turf Moor on August 28, 2019 in Burnley, England.

“I thought he worked really hard when he came off the bench at the weekend, and he was very unlucky with a cross that was whipped in and he was inches away from connecting with it to score.

“I felt the supporters warmed to his performance. They were right behind him, and my job and the team’s job is to supply him with the chances because, in his career, he’s proved that if you do that, he takes a large percentage of them.”

Sunderland have won just once in their last five games, so they are under some pressure to pick up the three points this evening against struggling Tranmere.

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