By Peter Lynch

19th Sep, 2023 | 5:10pm

Leeds United have perfect timescale for potential Georginio Rutter exit as Phil Hay drops transfer update

Leeds United had a very busy summer transfer window, with plenty of action at Elland Road in terms of both incoming and outgoings.

Even with all of that movement, there could be a similar story at the club in the upcoming January transfer window, particularly if results aren’t going well.

New manager Daniel Farke has shown he is not afraid to be ruthless in terms of transfers, and subsequently when it comes to team selection.

One player who has earned a place in the starting XI is striker Georginio Rutter, much to the delight of Leeds fans considering how much money was spent to sign him in January.

There was seemingly plenty of potential for the forward to leave Elland Road in the summer, but he has stayed in West Yorkshire and has started the new league campaign well, with two goals and an assist from his first five matches.

If he can continue that form, Leeds will certainly not entertain any offers for the 21-year-old in the January window, unless of course they receive an offer that is simply too good to refuse, but that seems highly unlikely for various reasons.

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But if the attacker drops his standards and fades away over the coming months, the Whites will welcome offers for the player, just one year on from spending a club-record £35.5million on him.

Rutter will not be sold for that amount anytime soon, but The Athletic’s Phil Hay has suggested that big European clubs will still fancy taking a punt on his services despite his Elland Road struggles.

“There are bigger clubs in Europe who would’ve taken him and do fancy him,” Hay said on The Square Ball podcast (18 September, 14:00).

In other Leeds United news, a journalist was wowed by one Whites ace after what he did in his club’s “toughest spell” against Millwall.