Kevin Phillips has rubbished the idea that Will Grigg has struggled at Sunderland because he does not live in the north-east.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said he thought the 29-year-old would be a “great signing” but admitted it has not worked out.

Grigg arrived from Wigan Athletic for £3million in January 2019 but has failed to meet expectations on Wearside.

Earlier this month Phil Parkinson urged the striker to swap his Midlands base for the North East in a bid to reignite his best form.

Phillips insisted that living arrangements is just “an excuse”.

“Grigg’s time is probably up at the club,” he told Football Insider.

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“I didn’t live in Blackpool when I played for them, I lived in Birmingham and it did not affect me. Sometimes you can use that as an excuse.

“I thought Will Grigg was going to be a great signing for Sunderland but it just hasn’t worked out. I do not see it as the living arrangements because he would not have been travelling up everyday because that is physically impossible.

“He is a grown man and he has been around a long time so I do not see that as being a major issue. Sometimes players find it very hard to settle at the club and that has been the issue for Will since he has been at Sunderland.”

Grigg has only scored one league goal this season in 20 appearances.

Since the turn of the year he has only played three minutes of football with Charlie Wyke and Kyle Lafferty preferred by Phil Parkinson.

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