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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa looks set to add a front-man to his squad during the January transfer window with Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths the latest name to appear on Whites director of football Victor Orta’s wish list, according to a report by Football Insider.
The Bhoys have recently moved to enforce their striker options with the acquisition of Polish striker Patryk Klimala, who has been brought in to challenge current striker Odsonne Edouard, a move that leaves Griffiths unsure of his future at Celtic Park.
So would Griffiths be a good addition at Elland Road, is he needed and would he get into their starting XI?
“I think this deal could have the potential to work out for both Leeds and Griffiths, given his proven finishing prowess for Celtic over the years.
“Leeds need a striker and someone who can offer a different style to Bamford for another dynamic in attack, which Griffiths offers with more smart movement off the shoulder of defenders rather than robust hold-up play that Bamford operates with.
“It hasn’t been a great season for Griffiths at Parkhead, playing just 11 times in the league and scoring only two goals, so he will be chomping at the bit to get more regular playing time, which he’ll get at Leeds.
“There are doubts over his fitness from the Celtic end which might be the reason for his omission, so I have some reservations over a deal for him given how intense Bielsa will need him to play from the off.”
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“It’s come out of left field, but Leigh Griffiths could be a shrewd addition.
“The 29-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular spot under Neil Lennon so far this season, and perhaps a move to get some regular football would be ideal for him.
“I don’t think that the Scotland international is any better than what Leeds United have already in the shape of Patrick Bamford, but you’ll struggle to find a player with a record than him.
“Whether Leeds will be the right challenge for him, I’m not sure.
“I can’t see him being a player for Marcelo Bielsa in the long run, but if he can come in and do a job between now and the end of the season then I doubt many supporters will complain.”
“In terms of displacing Bamford in the starting line-up, I can’t see Griffiths doing that, but that isn’t to say he would be a poor addition to the Leeds squad.
“Griffiths is a clinical finisher who would convert some of the many chances that Leeds’ midfielders create for Bamford.
“You could see him being used as something of a ‘super-sub’ under Bielsa, which could be exactly what Leeds need to turn losses into draws, then draws into victories.
“He might not be first choice, but it’d be an intriguing transfer that you’d want to closely watch.”