Things haven’t gone well for Will Grigg during his time at Sunderland.
Since his £4million move to The Stadium of Light from Wigan just under two years ago, the striker has scored just eight goals in 61 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats, failing to live up to the expectations he arrived in the north east with.
That was then followed up with the news of a fresh injury blow for Grigg earlier this month, when manager Lee Johnson revealed that the striker could be facing up to nine months out with a knee problem.
However, it does seem as though the 29-year-old has avoided the worst in terms of his injury, with the latest updates revealing that Grigg will not need surgery on the injury, meaning he is likely to only be out until the end of this month, and could feature again this season.
That therefore, means it is hard to imagine many clubs wanting to take a chance on the Northern Irishman during the current window, particularly since this news around Grigg’s knee problem means there will be questions around how long it could be until the striker is back at full match sharpness.
Given his struggles in front of goal throughout his time at Sunderland, the amount the Black Cats will no doubt want to recoup after what they paid for him, and the concerns there are now around this injury, their are football, financial and fitness concerns around Grigg right now.
With all that in mind, it seems as though this news has surely brought to an end to any chance of a January move for the striker.
As a result, with Grigg now facing a fight to get back into Lee Johnson’s side – who have several more games to play before the striker returns to full fitness – and any chance of a January move now almost certainly over, it seems as though the striker has plenty more challenges to overcome at Sunderland, before things get better.