Confirmed: Griffiths to take back seat next season as Dembele handed spearhead role
By Alex Taylor
Leigh Griffiths has revealed he will play in a wide role next season after extensive talks with new manager Brendan Rodgers.
The striker led the line with huge success in 2015-16, bagging 40 goals and providing eight assists in 51 games in all competitions this season and finishing as the Bhoys’ top scorer by some distance.
But the arrival of Moussa Dembele from Fulham means that left-footer Griffiths will be used on the right flank next season.
“The gaffer spoke to me at length last week about that role,” Griffiths told The Scottish Sun. “He said he had watched my goals and with a lot of them I had drifted out to the right and cut in with my left foot.”
“I am still a striker, but I am a bit deeper than Moussa. It gives defenders a headache because they have to think do they come with me or stay with Moussa?”
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Dembele was unable to match Griffiths’ scoring record in the 2015-16 campaign but the highly rated 19-year-old is in line to spearhead the attacker.
The youngster, who arrived for a compensation fee of just £250,000 after winding down his Fulham contract, scored 17 goals for the Londoners in the recently completed domestic season.