Were it not for Harry Kane, Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths would have written himself into English footballing folklore (albeit, negatively) thanks to his two stunning free-kicks against England.
The Scotland star almost led the Tartan Army to their most famous victory in years over the Three Lions at Hampden Park and, as a result, has been touted as a potential target for Newcastle United.
Still, while members of the Toon Army propping up the bar liked what they saw of the 26-year-old against the Three Lions, a move for the ex-Hibs star should be avoided.
There’s no doubting Griffiths track-record in Scotland – having plundered goals aplenty for a number of different sides north of the border. Indeed, he even impressed during a difficult stint at Wolves earlier on in his career, though the Scot wouldn’t be too much of an upgrade on Dwight Gayle.
Both rely on their pace and, while Griffiths demonstrated a decent enough ability to hold the ball up against England, leading the line for a newly-promoted side is a whole different matter entirely.
Under Rafa Benitez, the Magpies must be dreaming about big things for the first time in years. Griffiths wouldn’t be a particularly bad signing, just not a good enough one to make a tangible difference when mixing with the English elite.
If Newcastle really are going to be aiming for big things under the Spaniard, they should avoid Griffiths and focus on other targets over the course of this summer.
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