By Sam Stone

25th May, 2023 | 7:40pm

Georginio Rutter could exit Leeds United as Bundesliga loan mooted - Journalist

Georginio Rutter could exit Leeds United on loan after failing to make an impact after his January switch, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth.

The Frenchman has endured an extremely tough time since securing his move to Elland Road, in a deal which could amass to £35million.

Talking in his latest Q and A, Smyth has suggested a loan back to France or Germany would be the most sensible option.

“Ah, Georginio Rutter. How must he be feeling? Pretty low I would imagine,” wrote Smyth (YEP Q and A, 24 May).

“If any of that noise about him shedding tears upon a reluctant goodbye to Hoffenheim was true, then his mood will not have been helped at all by the way things have worked out at Leeds.

“He’s a very young player who still holds a lot of potential so there’s definitely a way back for him under the right man-management. There is no way anyone gives you all your money back for him this summer.

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“Perhaps, if he isn’t quite to the new manager’s taste, then a loan back to Germany or his native France would be sensible to allow him to bounce back and prove to everyone that there’s a real talent there, one worth investing in.”

Relegation dependent

Rutter’s next move will depend heavily on whether Leeds remain in the Premier League. He could be an extremely useful asset to have in the Championship. He was impressive for Hoffenheim and clearly has the talent to play at a high level. For whatever reason, things just haven’t worked out at Elland Road.

With Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo both doubts for the clash against Tottenham, there’s a golden opportunity for the 21-year-old to make himself a hero. If he scored the goal which kept Leeds up, it would certainly kickstart his career in West Yorkshire.

However, we all know it’s a fight against the odds on Sunday. Leeds need to get one over on Tottenham and hope other results go their way. Bournemouth have to beat Everton and West Ham needed to keep up their current performance levels against Leicester at the King Power.

It’s unlikely, but stranger things have certainly happened.

In other Leeds United news, a Joe Gelhardt “keep or sell” verdict has been shared by one local journalist.