By Jonty Banks

25th May, 2023 | 4:10pm

Sam Allardyce repeatedly throws Georginio Rutter under the bus at Leeds United - Phil Hay

Sam Allardyce has repeatedly thrown club record signing Georginio Rutter under the bus since arriving at Leeds United as manager, according to Phil Hay.

Rutter, 21, moved from Hoffenheim to Elland Road in the January transfer window for a fee of £35.5million, but has only amassed a total of 234 Premier League minutes since then.

Under Allardyce, the France Under-21 international is yet to be awarded a single minute of action, with the English boss recently admitting in a press conference that being successful in the Premier League takes more than ability alone.

Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic (25 May), Hay opened up on Allardyce’s relationship with the forward.

He wrote: “More than once Allardyce has thrown the decision to buy Georginio Rutter in January under a bus, questioning the club’s record signing’s suitability for the Premier League and saying that in spite of Rutter being on the bench last weekend, there was no spare centre-forward to work with, hence why Rodrigo was left to hobble about.

“Lodge that in the drawer marked ‘damning’.”

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Leeds have had their fair share of terrible signings over the years, but Rutter has to surely be up there on the evidence of his first few months in West Yorkshire.

When signed in the January transfer window, there were hopes within the Whites fanbase that the striker had the ability to fire the club away from the threat of relegation and be a player who could regularly compete with both Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford for a starting berth.

However, the impact has been directly the opposite.

Rutter’s struggles at Elland Road have been so grave that he has been thrown out to play with the Under-21s on occasions in a bid to improve his form and subsequently all but been frozen out during Allardyce’s tenure.

At just 21, he still has the time to reverse his fortunes at Leeds, but on the face of things, this looks like a complete waste of £35million.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims that an international player at Elland Road has no place at the club next season and a summer transfer is on the cards.