Journalist 'impressed' by Georginio Rutter's Leeds United season after 'tough start'
Georginio Rutter has impressed this season at Leeds United after his “tough start” to life at Elland Road, according to Ben McKenna.
The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist claimed (2 October) that the Frenchman has come into his own this season following the Whites’ relegation.
The £35.5million star did little to help prevent Leeds’ relegation last season, but consistently good performances in the Championship have seen him become one of Daniel Farke’s key players.
McKenna wrote: “[Rutter] has found his feet at Leeds United after a tough start. Impressed in the wins over Millwall and Watford, scoring in the 3-0 win at the Den and providing an assist in both of the previously-mentioned games.”
How a player reacts following relegation can be very telling, and Rutter has proved himself a dedicated servant to Leeds United.
The jump to the Premier League was perhaps too early for the then-20-year-old, and joining a relegation favourite who sat just one point from the drop zone at the time was not the ideal environment for the young player to thrive.
But under Daniel Farke, Rutter has emerged as a key player and an often game-changing asset. McKenna singles out his Watford performance, possibly his best of the season.
Against the Hornets, the Elland Road faithful saw the best of the former Hoffenheim man, whose skill and tricky wowed the crowds. With two goals and two assists in the Championship to his name this season, he is consistently impacting the scoreline and getting Leeds vital points.
While his commitment and hard work for the Whites is commendable, he will not want to hang around in the second division for long but clearly believes he can help bring Leeds back to the top flight. In terms of their squad, Leeds have as strong a side as any other in the league, but Rutter’s rebirth could prove crucial for any promotion fight.