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Paul Robinson admits he’s unconvinced by the signing of Georginio Rutter at Leeds United after the striker joined from Hoffenheim last week.
Sky Sports reported on 15 January that Leeds had agreed to pay a club-record £35.5million to sign Rutter, 20, from the Bundesliga club.
Rutter’s a young attacker with a lot of potential.
However, his current level has been questioned by Robinson, who’s not impressed by the Frenchman’s record in front of goal in the Bundesliga at Hoffenheim.
“I’m not convinced by it,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“His goal-to-game numbers don’t stack up. He doesn’t seem to be an out-and-out number nine and looks a similar player to Rodrigo except he’s young.
“Leeds have paid a record fee for him so you’d like to think that the lad has potential. But as far as hitting the ground running is concerned, it’s a little bit of a ‘hope it works’.
“He’s scored 11 goals in 57 Bundesliga games. As an out-and-out number nine, that doesn’t ring true.
“As far as convincing the fans with signing a number nine that works straight away, my initial thoughts are it probably isn’t going to work.
“But you have to give him an opportunity to see if it works.
“Players in the past like Raphinha are a perfect example. Before he came in, you weren’t sure what the situation was with him. And then he turned out to be one of the best players Leeds have signed for years.
“With Rutter, it’s the same.
“He’s not an out-and-out striker, he’s not got a good goalscoring record and he’s a very young player with huge potential.
“Is he going to hit the ground running? It’s a massive gamble.”
Rutter has scored two goals in 11 Bundesliga starts this season for Hoffenheim.
The France Under-21 international, who started his professional career with Rennes, could make his debut for Leeds against Brentford on Sunday (22 January) as he’s ineligible for the FA Cup replay against Cardiff City on Wednesday (18 January).
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now seeking their third signing of the month with a European contract rebel in their sights.