In Focus: Leigh Griffiths is not the striker Newcastle United need

According to reports in The Mirror, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion are eyeing a move for Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths following his impressive performance for Scotland against England on Saturday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Bhoys attacker has been in fine form this season and as a result could have been attracting interest from Premier League clubs anyway, but his showing against the Three Lions could persuade them to make an offer.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is looking to strengthen his squad this summer and has been given significant funds by owner Mike Ashley to bring in the players he wants. He is said to be interested in the 26-year-old, who could be available for around £6m.

How good was he against England?

While neither of his goals came from open play, the quality of both of his free-kicks was brilliant and with technical ability like that, there is no doubt that he would be an interesting addition for a Premier League club.

How did he do this season?

Well, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers prefers a system that includes just one out-and-out striker and Moussa Dembele has often been preferred to the Scot this term.

However, Griffiths still scored 18 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys and he has netted 85 goals in 142 outings in total having joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2014.

The 26-year-old may not be as happy to play second fiddle next season though and the Scottish Premiership champions may also feel that they should cash in on the attacker.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

While he has a fine record for Celtic and did well for Wolves in his final season there before moving north of the border, the fact that he has never played a minute of Premier League football could be a worry.

Benitez will know that he needs some experienced English top flight players in his squad if they are to steer clear of a relegation battle, and that could rule Griffiths out.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while Griffiths could be worth a punt for Newcastle on their return to the Premier League, it’s difficult to believe that he could be the right answer as the club looks to get goals next season.