By Pete Hanson

14th Oct, 2023 | 4:10pm

Journalist highlights where Georginio Rutter must improve for Leeds United amid 'underperformed' verdict

Georginio Rutter has “underperformed” in front of goal and has to improve his return for Leeds United, says LeedsLive journalist William Jackson.

Writing for the online publication on Saturday (14 October), Jackson did acknowledge Rutter as one of the club’s better performers in the Championship this term.

But with only two league goals to his name, he says Rutter will want to improve that area of his game when the season resumes after the second international break of the campaign.

“Georginio Rutter has been one of Leeds’ most impressive players of the season so far, of that there is no doubt. His talent and creativity has been pivotal for Farke’s Whites and as it stands, no player has created more big chances than the Frenchman’s 10 this season,” Jackson wrote.

“However, Rutter has underperformed in front of goal and that’s something he’ll be working to improve over the coming weeks. The forward does have two league goals to his name, but he has missed a number golden opportunities and his xG of 3.66 shows he really should be finding the back of the net more often.”

Fair comments

Jackson is absolutely spot on with his assessment of Rutter here.

Leeds’ record signing struggled to make an impact as the club were relegated this season, but has started to win fans over with impressive performances in the Championship and there is no suggestion that he should dropped.

However, the truth is if Leeds are going to get promoted then they need more from Rutter in terms of his goalscoring. He has two to his name so far but most fans would agree he should have more to his name.

Thankfully, summer signing Joel Piroe has hit the ground running in terms of his goal return in the Championship, and if Rutter can start bagging more then Leeds have the potential to have an excellent partnership for the rest of the campaign.

There’s certainly no cause for panic, if he keeps getting himself in the right areas and putting up impressive displays then Rutter will be celebrating more goals soon enough.

In other Leeds United news, Robin Koch has made an “extreme risk” admission over his time at Elland Road.