Forget Stokes - Leeds should target Celtic striker Griffiths instead

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Leeds United should go for Leigh Griffiths instead of Anthony Stokes.

Leeds United should drop their reported interest in Anthony Stokes and opt to sign Leigh Griffiths instead. 

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Stokes was a transfer target for Leeds, but they may be looking at the wrong striker in the Bhoys squad.

Griffiths has barely featured for Ronny Deila's team this campaign, but he could be a vital addition for the Whites as they look to climb the table in the second half of the season.

Leeds' need for a goalscorer is obvious, but Stokes's scoring record proves that he may not be the man to fire them up the table. 

The 26-year-old has disappointed this campaign, scoring just eight goals for the Scottish champions in 29 matches and his previous tallies while in England also remain a worry. 

Although Stokes has proven he is capable of scoring regularly in the Scottish Premiership, his previous spells representing sides south of the border have been less than inspiring. 

Stokes has netted six goals in 64 previous appearances for four different clubs across England and, even though this was earlier in his career, those figures still have to be a cause for concern. 

Griffiths, on the other hand, has proven that he can find the back of the net. The 24-year-old was Wolverhampton Wanderers' main-man, albeit at League One level, and he could perform a similar function for Leeds.

Griffiths is considered one of the finest finishers in the Bhoys' squad and many have been surprised by his lack of opportunity under Deila. 

This lack of chances, though, is what Leeds should be capitalising on as the club and player are likely to be more open to a move. 

The whole transfer, therefore, makes more sense to pursue and although Leeds could find a decent option in the Celtic squad to sign they are currently looking at the wrong player. 

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