Kevin Phillips has claimed there is “no way back” for Will Grigg at Sunderland despite an impressive start to life on loan at MK Dons.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Stadium of Light legend said the 29-year-old “will never perform” in red and white and suggested a permanent exit is on the cards this summer.

Grigg joined MK Dons on loan last month and he has hit the ground running at Stadium MK.

The Northern Ireland international’s seven appearances for the League One side this season have yielded three goals and three assists.

He could return to Sunderland at the end of the season, with his contract at the Stadium of Light not due to expire until June 2022.

When asked whether the Grigg could resurrect his career on Wearside, Phillips told Football Insider: “I don’t think there is any way back for him at Sunderland.

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“I think it is a club he will never perform at. Some clubs do not suit a player and sometimes you cannot put your finger on it.

“It is not surprise to me to see him scoring at MK Dons. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say, ‘It wasn’t meant to be.’

“You do not become a bad player or a bad goalscorer overnight. He has proven that he can score goals.

“Could he return to Sunderland? I think both player and club will want to move on this summer. I think they will shake hands and be done with it.”

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