Jack Ross’ Sunderland will be looking to continue their solid start to 2019 this weekend, as the Black Cats prepare to host automatic promotion rivals Luton Town at the Stadium of Light.
A huge three points is at stake in the North East, with manager-less Luton sitting one place and one point above the Black Cats, in what is likely to be a huge battle for the automatic promotion places.
It’s been a hugely impressive season for Sunderland thus far, having lost just twice in League One following their relegation from the second tier last term, but they are going to have to work hard on and off the pitch in January if they are to cement their position at the top end of the Sky Bet League One table.
With top goalscorer Josh Maja still mulling over his future at the Stadium of Light, Ross has identified Wigan Athletic forward Will Grigg as a potential transfer target this month, and here, we take a look at his season so far…
There’s no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough season for Wigan following their promotion from League One last term – Paul Cook’s men have won just one of their last thirteen league games and currently sit just four points above the relegation zone in four games, so it’s hard to make an impact when your team is struggling that much.
Goals have been hard to come by for the Latics this season – Grigg is currently their joint-top goalscorer with four games in sixteen games to his name, along with midfielder Nick Powell.
When looking at Grigg’s individual statistics, it’s quite evident that he’s not really been as involved as much as he would have liked – he takes an average of 1.1 shots per game, has drawn an average of only 0.8 fouls per game, and has won an average of just 1.5 aerial duels per game, all whilst accruing a pass success rate of 71%.
You only have to look at his stats in League One, however, to notice that the 27-year old is a goalscoring master in the third tier – in all competitions, he scored twenty-two goals for MK Dons in their promotion-winning season in 2014-15, before sealing a move to the Latics the season after.
He then finished as the Latics’ top goalscorer in their promotion-winning season in 2015-16 with twenty-eight goals to his name, and once again finished as their top goalscorer en route to promotion last season with twenty-six goals.
The striker may have had an underwhelming season in front of goal thus far this term, but his past record in League One is fantastic, and indicate that he would be a magnificent signing for Sunderland.