By Sam Stone

14th Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Phil Hay shares where Georginio Rutter could play for Leeds United

The Atheltic’s Phil Hay has suggested Georginio Rutter could operate in a wide-forward role for Leeds United as his move to Elland Road nears completion.

The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano revealed (via Twitter, 12 January) that Rutter was in Leeds on Thursday ahead of completing his medical.

Hay has praised the 20-year-old’s “exceptional” dribbling stats and feels the versatile forward would be suited to a wider role.

“He can play across the front line and his dribbling stats are exceptional, he would be suited to a sort of wide forward role,” said Hay (the latest edition of the Phil Hay Show, 24m 20s, 13 January).

“What the plan for him is impossible to say because Marsch won’t talk about transfers. If you have all these wide options it suggests Rutter will provide another option through the middle, but he will certainly be versatile.”

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Considering the options Leeds currently have in wide-forward areas it would not be a surprise to see Rutter play a more central role. Rodrigo has been the go-to striker for Jesse Marsch of late but is in desperate need of some competition.

Patrick Bamford is coming back to full fitness but there are certainly question marks over whether he will be able to get back to his best goalscoring form. Furthermore, a more direct pacy option is something Marsch doesn’t have upfront.

Rutter would certainly provide a different option for the American to utilise and the pressure is firmly on the 20-year-old’s shoulders when he does eventually complete his move to West Yorkshire.

It’s been an impressive start to the January window for Leeds and the pressure is now firmly on Marsch’s shoulders to deliver and pull his side away from the relegation battle which is slowly closing in on Leeds.

The Elland Road faithful will be hoping Rutter is the man to fire the Whites to Premier League safety.

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