By Jonty Banks

6th Jun, 2023 | 3:10pm

Georginio Rutter breaks silence on Leeds United relegation with social media message to fans

Leeds United striker Georginio Rutter has broken his silence on the club’s relegation from the Premier League with a message to fans on social media.

The Whites broke their club transfer record when signing the Frenchman in a £35.5million deal last January, but since then, he has failed to open his first-team goalscoring account, amassing just 264 minutes of Premier League action.

Leeds are now set for a summer of sweeping change, with the 49ers Enterprises and Andrea Radrizzani currently in talks over the ownership of the club, as well as the pressing need for a new manager and sporting director.

Taking to Instagram on Monday evening (5 June), Rutter underlined his heartache at the club’s relegation to the Championship.

“We failed in out mission, and we’re all disappointed with the end result,” he wrote.

“Thank you to the fans for their support, you deserved better from us…MOT.”

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Tough to adapt

Although Rutter clearly struggled to make any telling impact at Elland Road after sealing his marquee January transfer, he isn’t the man to blame for the club’s relegation.

It often takes young players at least a season to adapt to the Premier League, with West Ham struggling dramatically this season after an influx of players, including fellow striker Gianluca Scamacca.

At just 21 years old, it was always going to be a tough ask for the forward to be the man to fire Leeds away from the relegation zone with a flurry of goals.

It was, unfortunately for Rutter, just the wrong signing for the predicament that the Whites found themselves in.

The attacker may well go on to find his goalscoring boots in the Championship, but it is unlikely that he will now live up to the £35.5million pricetag that Leeds forked out.

This will go down as the transfer that underlined the strategic failings of Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims that a Whites senior player is now set to leave the club at a discounted fee post-relegation and will not be signing a new contract.