By Jonty Banks

19th May, 2023 | 2:10pm

Sam Allardyce admits 'big test' awaits Georginio Rutter at Leeds United amid next-season verdict

Sam Allardyce has admitted that Leeds United club-record signing Georginio Rutter faces a “big test” next season and that the Premier League requires more than just ability alone.

Rutter, 21, has been an anonymous presence at Elland Road since sealing his £35.5million move from Hoffenheim in January, amassing a mere 234 minutes of Premier League action without finding the back of the net.

The Frenchman has remained an unused substitute in Leeds’ last five Premier League outings, including Allardyce’s two games at the helm against Manchester City and Newcastle.

As shared by Phil Hay on Twitter (19 May), Allardyce said at his press conference on Friday morning: “As a youngster and in the situation we’re in, it’s a next-season scenario for him.

“When you’re young and you come to the PL for the first time, you’ve got to settle in.

“Next season would be the big test for him. The PL demands much more than ability.”

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Not great signs

Allardyce is right in saying that a whole host of players have taken their time to adapt to the Premier League over the years, but the early signs aren’t exactly promising from a Leeds perspective.

Even at clubs such as Manchester City, the likes of Rodri and Bernardo Silva famously took a season to adapt to life in the Premier League, and now look at them!

Hopefully, for Leeds, Rutter’s disappointing form is due to the pressure of the current relegation fight and the fact so much pressure was placed on him from day one.

After being given an early run of appearances, albeit from the bench, by both Jesse Marsch and Javi Gracia, Rutter has fizzled out of the first-team proceedings at a whimper.

His rapid decline has been so grave that he has even been drafted into the Leeds youth sides in an attempt to build his confidence.

Big Sam will have little faith that the 21-year-old has what it takes to fire Leeds away from the clutches of relegation, and these most recent comments suggest that he may not even feature in the last two games of the season.

In other Leeds United news, the club could launch legal action against the Premier League amid widespread upset over their management of a tricky situation.