Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sort Grigg out with Service and HEWILL Score; Former Black Cat Elliott Backs Grigg to Shine

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sort Grigg out with Service and HEWILL Score; Former Black Cat Elliott Backs Grigg to Shine

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Byline: CRAIG JOHNS Football writer craig.johns@reachplc.com @craig_johns

STEPHEN Elliott says Will Grigg will score the goals that fire Sunderland to promotion this season, as long as he is given better service.

The striker has endured a frustrating six months on Wearside and has so far failed to get back to his best during a limp pre-season that saw him fail to net.

Grigg joined the Black Cats in January in a big-money move from Wigan that could eventually rise PS4m. It was his incredible League One record that prompted owner Stewart Donald to pay above to land the Northern Irish international.

But worries over the 28-year-old continue to grow as he continues to misfire - the final public friendly against Heerenveen on Saturday the latest disappointing showing in a red-and-white shirt.

Former Sunderland striker Elliott is convinced Grigg can still be a success at the Stadium of Light though. He told The Journal: "Will Grigg has a really good record at this level. No one can doubt his ability to score goals. The onus is now on Sunderland, and Grigg himself to a certain extent, to get him on the ball in positions where he can hurt teams. On Saturday against Heerenveen it wasn't that he wasn't trying hard, despite how it looked.

"He was finding it difficult to find space because they were so well organised and Sunderland didn't move the ball as quickly as they probably should have to open the opposition up more and help him Turn to Page 51 FROM BACK PAGE get some space. It might have looked like he wasn't moving around but quite often he was. There wasn't many gaps and when he did find one the ball just wasn't coming. Eventually, you get frustrated at that and stop making them runs. "And when you're not touching the ball very often, it is difficult to keep switching on and off like that. You want to be in and around the game a lot more. …

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