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Cook Linked With Grigg Reunion
Friday, 9th Apr 2021 15:46

Town boss Paul Cook is reported to be keen on a reunion with his former Wigan striker Will Grigg, who is currently on loan from Sunderland with Saturday’s opponents the MK Dons.

According to Football Insider, Cook is a big fan of Grigg having managed the Northern Ireland international during his time as boss of the Latics.

Grigg, 29, netted 19 times in 43 games as Cook’s side carried off the League One title in 2017/18.

Solihull-born Grigg started his league career at Walsall having been with Birmingham City and Solihull Moors as a youngster before a spell with Stratford Town.

In 2013 he joined Brentford and spent two years with the Bees during which time he spent an earlier spell on loan with the Dons.

Grigg joined Wigan for a fee of £900,000 in the summer of 2015 - prior to Cook's stint as manager - and went on to net a total of 65 goals in 113 starts and 37 sub appearances before joining Sunderland for £4 million in January 2019.

The 5ft 11in tall striker’s time at Sunderland has proved less successful - eight goals in 37 starts and 24 sub appearances - and on deadline day at the end of the January transfer window he rejoined the Dons for whom he has scored three and picked up three assists in seven starts and six sub appearances.

Grigg has another year left on his Black Cats contract but it is anticipated that he will move on in the summer.

Even prior to this week’s takeover it was expected that there would be a significant turnover of players in the summer with Cook already understood to be keen on another of his former Wigan squad members, midfielder Lee Evans.

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boroughblue added 15:53 - Apr 9
Could get behind a bit of 'Will Grigg's on fire' going around Portman Road next season.

Big summer of change coming up this summer as mentioned, wouldn't mind seeing this happen.

Phil, I know the new owners have said that they want to keep Cook, but is Cook himself happy to stay under the new owners? I know he was keen to work under Evans and as you said he hadn't been told about the takeover until Wednesday morning, really want Cook to stay with us, think he's definitely the manager to get us out of this league

LukePenningVGP added 15:56 - Apr 9
Not for me. Despite having a good-goal record at Wigan. Since his time at Sunderland his goal-record has been poor.

If we're going to be taking a more data- analytics approach to things, Grigg isn't our man.

29 approaching 30. not what we need. No point going on goal-scoring form of 3/4 years ago, serves you no purpose.

multiplescoregasms added 16:03 - Apr 9
Still think midfielders who can create will be a massive help to those we already have upfront. Not saying this would be the worst buy for us, just saying the midfield we have at present isn't doing it's job.

Linkboy13 added 16:05 - Apr 9
Talented striker whose career has taken a nosedive in the last couple of years. Any signing is a gamble even if you spend millions on a player, but some players respond to certain managers and twenty nine is not old when the main object is too get out of this league. If Paul Cook thinks he's good enough that's fine by me.

ronnyd added 16:08 - Apr 9
I just can't believe that Cook didn't know about the takeover before he took the job here.

johnwarksshorts added 16:10 - Apr 9
Could be a useful addition if we don't get promoted. If we get promoted we need to look further afield and be more ambitious than this.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:18 - Apr 9
Really? Not convinced! Hasn't fulfilled his previous potential for me. We really need to make the right decisions this time round.

Saxonblue74 added 16:21 - Apr 9
Am I wrong to see this as a little disappointing in light of the "substantial" investment coming our way?

BlueWorldOrder added 16:23 - Apr 9
Has been rubbish for years. Cook needs to do much better than dragging up mates for the team.

TimmyH added 16:33 - Apr 9
Not for me...if we want to see the club going forwards, as others have mentioned not been brilliant the last couple of years.

ploughman added 16:46 - Apr 9
No Thanks, too much in common with Paul Hurst arriving and bringing with him all those 'quality' players from Shrewsbury. Keane did the same with players from Sunderland. We need to raise our aspirations and buy some younger talent. I'd be happy for us to look abroad for some.

ploughman added 16:46 - Apr 9
No Thanks, too much in common with Paul Hurst arriving and bringing with him all those 'quality' players from Shrewsbury. Keane did the same with players from Sunderland. We need to raise our aspirations and buy some younger talent. I'd be happy for us to look abroad for some.

pippaine1 added 16:46 - Apr 9
If you want progress Don't go for Grigg I watch him MKDONS as I live near by He isn't that good and not going to help us get UP

Monkey_Blue added 18:07 - Apr 9
League one player.... if we have cash to spend it would be a waste imho.

dunkz84 added 18:42 - Apr 9
For a small fee I’d take him. and under the right management he could be great in this league. If and it’s a big if we go up I believe there are better players out there for championship standard. There will be a lot a frees out there this summer and not just the bottom of the barrel ones we usually get. Ones that we can possibly attract with the option of a slightly higher wage to tempt them with and hopefully now being a club with a plan for the future and a new exciting ownership we could attract some better quality players. Fingers crossed we all have something to get excited about.

ringwoodblue added 19:00 - Apr 9
Think we need to aim higher than average League 1 players like Grigg, we need proven goal scorers of Championship level or young players from Premiership teams such as McCormick or Woodburn

KernewekBlue added 19:01 - Apr 9
I'm with those who are wary of this possible deal coming to fruition. Will Grigg had one decent season that I can remember and then vanished back into the shadows of obscurity.

Let's try to steer away from this blinkered thinking when it comes to recruitment, shall we?

In my opinion, we don't want to load the side with lower league players who are coming to the end of their careers, we need to be looking for talent in their early to mid-twenties who have a few years left on the clock and build a younger, fitter, sleeker, hungrier team who'll get a chance to grow together, season on season.

Do we not have any contacts or scouts abroad who could unearth the next Muhren, Thijssen, Counago, Petta, Taricco or Reuser?

We are a more attractive proposition now for potential signings than we were under Marcus Evans' ownership, so why should we settle for casting our net amongst the English lower leagues?

With the renewed optimism and war chest of funds being spoken about openly by the new owners, surely we can show a bit more ambition than to covet lower league journeymen?

If we can learn anything from our proud history and past glories, it is that injecting a bit of continental flair or South American creativity into our squad seems to work quite nicely.


Kulturarv added 19:50 - Apr 9
Spot on KernewekBlue! Shopping in the top leagues of Scandinavia or Eastern Europa (or USA) can be a lot cheaper and better than the bottom of L1. Our overses scouts need a wake up call.

blues1 added 20:07 - Apr 9
Boroughblue. Of course he wants to stay here. Dont believe what was said about him not knowing about the takeover. His appointment was all part of it.

Dissboyitfc added 20:08 - Apr 9
of course cook knew!

And on the subject of Grigg, i say this our last 20+ a season stiker was Daryl Murphy also from Sunderland who was 30 when he signed permanently and with a far inferior goal return to grigg just under a goal every 6 Grigg is younger with a goal return of 1 in 3. I will trust Cook on this.

blues1 added 20:09 - Apr 9
Think this is just a case of the inevitable links that will be made by the media, with him having played for Cook previously. Woukdnt give it too much credence.

Edmundo added 20:38 - Apr 9
We're going to be linked with every player alive with the recent new manager and now new owners... I'll pass on this one though

peewee added 21:47 - Apr 9
Sorry but it's time build around players long term not short-term.

ThaiBlue added 22:49 - Apr 9
Must be a late april fool joke,surely.

tractorlad01 added 01:28 - Apr 10
The one position I’d like to see us splash out on is a striker. Clarke-Harris preferably (if Peterborough don’t go up)

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