Leeds United have completed the signing of 20-year-old Hoffenheim striker, Georgino Rutter, making the Frenchman the club’s record signing.
A total package reportedly worth up to £35m was what it took for Hoffenheim to part with their starlet, who cost them less than £1m just a couple of years ago. How did Leeds manage to make this happen in the January market you ask? We suspect it has something to do with Victor Orta’s choice of attire when welcoming Rutter to the club...
✍️ #LUFC is delighted to announce the signing of striker Georginio Rutter for a club record transfer fee— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 14, 2023
Orta wearing a 49ers hoodie in the signing photo #LUFC pic.twitter.com/d70voUmIc3— Lord Bradley Green (@reallordgreen) January 15, 2023
Primarily a centre-forward, Rutter can play across the front three and in-behind. Although his return of two goals and two assists in 15 Bundesliga appearances may not blow your mind, a return of 11 goals and 8 assists in a total of 64 appearances is a promising return for such a young forward playing at the top level.
After completing his deal, Rutter spoke to Tony Dorigo and LUTV:
“I’m very happy to be here,”
“The Premier League is the best league in football and with Leeds I hope the rest of this season will go good.
“I will give my energy for the club, I’m very energetic and dribbling is my favourite thing to do on the pitch.
“Before I came here Illan Meslier told me Leeds was a real family.
“He said the fans are amazing and he offered me any help I need to settle in.
“Football is for the fans, they are very important for the club and I want to give energy for the fans in the stadium.”
Rutter is expected to compete with Rodrigo as the team’s number nine, but could potentially work his way into the starting eleven should he impress in a supporting role out wide.
Quite excited about this lad. Hope we get him. 20 years old and bags of potential. Already got a pretty good highlights reel. Looks a real player to me.Really hope Victor can get it done. #LUFC #RUTTER pic.twitter.com/uzoLIiZvZe— The Ghost of Vim Fuego (@Diddlysquatv3) January 7, 2023
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