Leandre Griffit

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Leandre Griffit is a French winger who was born in Maubeuge, France on 21st May 1984. Griffit began his career with Amines, but was snapped up by Premier League outfit Southampton at a young age. He showed plenty of promise in his first year at the club, and made an instant impact just minutes into his debut against Blackburn on 25th October 2003, scoring a good goal in a 2-0 win. He was handed starts against Chelsea and Arsenal later in the year but failed to make any sort of impact and dropped back down to the reserves. Griffit returned on 12th May 2004, and scored in a 3-3 draw with Newcastle. During 2004/05 he made only a handful of appearances. When Harry Redknapp took over as manager in December 2004 he publicly stated Griffit wasn't good enough.

In January 2005 Griffit joined Leeds on loan for a month, but failed to impress, making just a single appearance for the Elland Road outfit. He was sent to Rotherham in March 2005, but once again struggled, playing in two matches.

In the summer of 2005 Griffit joined Swedish side Elfsborg along with fellow Saints teammate Anders Svensson. The Frenchman made a reasonable start, but soon dropped to the bench again. In 2007 he joined Norrkoping on loan.

In August 2008 Griffit returned to England, signing for Crystal Palace on a short term deal after a successful trial. He made his Eagles debut in a 0-0 draw with Burnley on August 23rd, but was mostly just used from the bench after that. Griffit left Selhurst Park in early 2009, and moved to Belgian lower league outfit La Louviere Centre where he performed well by all accounts.

On 16th April 2010 Griffit signed for Colombus Crew, having previously failed to win a contract at fellow MLS club Houston Dynamo. Ironically Griffit's first goal for Colombus came against Houston, in a 3-0 win on 25th July 2010. On 15th July 2011 Griffit was traded to Toronto FC. He only lasted a few months in Canada before being released.