Will Grigg was the talk of Euro 2016, which is mightily impressive considering the Wigan Athletic striker didn’t play one second of football in France for Northern Ireland.
As the tournament progressed – and continues to progress – the famous ‘Will Grigg’s On Fire’ chant has been adopted by several nations.
Everyone wishes the Wigan Athletic striker was born in their homeland!
— GazzettaWorld (@GazzettaWorld) June 27, 2016
Given the popularity of the cult hero, and the fact the Northern Irish are hardly blessed with average footballers, let alone world-class ones, not playing Grigg in France smacked of bitterness from gaffer, Michael O’Neill, who had become tired of the record.
“Will is a really good guy and really good player and he should be known for his footballing ability rather than a song,”
“At these Championships when someone mentions Will Grigg all they think about is the song. But he scored 28 goals for Wigan last year and deserves more respect.”
Grigg’s Irish team-mate, Lafferty, is right, of course; Wigan smashed the League One title and it was largely thanks to Grigg’s keen eye in front of goal.
Not that Hamburg care, though.
The Bundesliga club’s fans have started a petition to sign the iconic striker, but purely because they want to be able to sing the song in the terraces, it has nothing to do with footballing ability??.
“Finally bring proper atmosphere to the stadium.
Grigg has a market value of €1.5m”.
“The striker enjoys an international reputation and would probably [pay for himself] several times over through merchandising.”