By Anthony Onifade

12th Jan, 2023 | 9:40pm

Imminent Leeds United signing of Geoginio Rutter spells bad news for Patrick Bamford

Leeds United are on the verge of completing a deal to sign TSG Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter and that could spell the end of the club’s reliance on injury-stricken Patrick Bamford.

According to The Athletic reporter Phil Hay [11 January], the Whites could complete the “final pieces” of the deal to take the French-born forward to Elland Road on Thursday [12 January].

The reliable journalist revealed that the club are making “positive progress” towards signing the 20-year-old sensation, following 48 hours of “intense talks”.

The deal could be completed for a fee of around £35m and Rutter will fly into the UK for a medical soon, with a total agreement found between both clubs and an announcement expected soon, as tweeted by Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg [11 January].

Jesse Marsch and the Leeds United board had been focused on bringing in a new striker during this window in a bid to boost their Premier League survival hopes, and also prop up the league table.

The signing of Rutter should go a long way to improving Marsch’s attacking weaponry, providing the 20-year-old comes with real pedigree, adds some much anticipated youthful exuberance, and a tenacious edge that fits Marsch’s high-intensity and high-energy system down to a tee.

However, while the Rutter news comes as a pleasing aspect to many of the Whites faithful, it could well end their desperate need to have Bamford fit and firing. More crucially, Bamford’s importance to Marsch and the club could well be at the final hurdle, especially considering the current form of Rodrigo.

According to various reports, the 29-year-old could well be returning to match action soon, but he’ll be returning to see his place in the Leeds United XI in serious jeopardy.

The striker simply hasn’t been the same since his first season back in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa during the 2020/21 campaign where he hit a remarkable 17 goals in 38 games. Ever since then, in two seasons he’s featured in 19 league outings and only scored two goals, because of injury and a lack of fitness, heightening the club’s desperate need for a new striker.

The Rutter addition makes so much sense. His age profile, playing style and character will certainly boost Marsch’s attacking arsenal at Elland Road, with the 20-year-old becoming a continuation of the young and exciting side the manager and the club board are building right now.

It’s a shame to say that 29-year-old Bamford isn’t at the epicentre of Marsch’s revolution any longer.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are one step away from completing exciting January signing, according to a reliable journalist.