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‘Has to be the priority’ – The future of Sunderland player following Kevin Phillips comments: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

The future of Sunderland forward Will Grigg remains somewhat ‘up in the air’, with the forward currently being out on loan away from the Stadium of Light. 

Grigg made 12 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats earlier this season, but was sent out on loan to MK Dons in the second-half of this year’s campaign.

Sunderland seem to be coping without the Northern Irish international though, with Lee Johnson’s side currently sat third in the League One table.

Former Sunderland forward Kevin Phillips admitted that he felt the club should cut their losses and move Grigg on for free in the summer transfer window.

“It is easy for me to say he should leave on a free this summer. I know the club will want to recoup some of the money they paid for him but ultimately, he is on a hefty wage so they might just have to cut their losses and let him leave on a free.

“There is talk of a lot of money becoming available for Sunderland in the summer with the new owner. It might be best to cut your losses.

“Get Grigg off the wage bill, it will save you a fortune. If they leaves you could bring in two players for the money he is on.”

But should Sunderland be looking to cut their losses with Grigg and allow him to depart this summer for free?

We discuss….

George Harbey: 

I’m not too sure about that to be honest.

Grigg signed a three-and-a-half year deal back in 2019 so it’s not as if his contract is running down to its final few months.

Let’s not forget, also, that they paid a substantial £4million fee for his signature, so they will be looking to recuperate as much as that as possible.

Sunderland won’t get anywhere near that for him now, but he’s been in good form for MK Dons and he is still a saleable asset for sure.

They need to be patient and hold out for a fee.

Phil Spencer: 

I certainly do think that this is probably the best thing for the club.

Will Grigg’s signing has been a disaster from start to finish and I’m adamant that regardless of what division the club are in, his Sunderland career is over.

The Black Cats are at the start of an exciting new journey under Kyril Louis-Dreyfus and given the wages that the 29-year-old is on, I just can’t see him sticking around.

Sunderland are certain to make a substantial loss on the player anyway and so I think that getting him off the wage bill and freeing up space for another player has to be the priority.

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Chris Thorpe: 

Yes, I completely agree with this, it’s about time they cut their losses on Grigg.

It’s been a disastrous signing by all accounts and it’s been a shame to see such a good player go down the pan so quickly.

The pressure of the price tag has been felt by the club and the striker and as a result he had a battle on his hands to convince people he was up to the job from the beginning.

Whether they get back some of the money they spent on him remains to be seen but either way I think he is heading for the exit door.


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