Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has been reacting to the club’s attempts to sign Hoffenheim forward Georginio Rutter.
The Lowdown: Leeds make move for Rutter
The Whites have acted fast in their attempts to sign the young Frenchman, with speculation first emerging over the weekend.
Sky Sports stated on Monday evening that Leeds were hoping to have the forward undergo a medical in the subsequent 48 hours, with The Daily Mail reporting on Wednesday that the Premier League club are hoping to finalise a move today.
Rutter is just 20 years of age but is poised to become Leeds’ all-time record signing in a transfer worth £30m.
The Latest: Robinson’s comments on Rutter
Speaking to MOT Leeds News regarding the club’s attempts to sign Rutter, Robinson – who also contributes as a pundit for Sky Sports – described the forward as ‘decent’ and said that he has ‘proven himself at the level he’s been playing at’.
The ex-Whites goalkeeper said of the 20-year-old: “I know who he is. He’s decent, he’s not bad.
“It’s a slight risk when you sign anyone, especially when they don’t have Premier League experience or experience at that level.
“Leeds need to sign a striker who’s going to score goals and he’s proven himself at the level he’s been playing at. Anything is an improvement on what they’ve got, although Rodrigo is stepping up to the plate.
“If you look at the goals he’s scored this season, he’s done extremely well and he’s better operating as a number nine than a wide midfielder or attacking midfielder. He’s better as a striker, he looks more comfortable and he’s scoring goals.
“But you can’t rely on him and Patrick Bamford, especially with his fitness. Bamford’s had one really good season and everyone keeps saying, ‘we need to get him back and fit’. But how long has it been that he’s not been playing?
“They do need somebody else in that position.”
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The Verdict: A risk for Leeds?
Rutter, who is just a few months older than Joe Gelhardt, appears to be a star in the making and can operate in all three forward positions, as well as a number 10 just behind the frontline.
However, he has scored just twice in 17 games this season, so you could question Robinson’s comments of the 20-year-old being a ‘proven’ forward and argue that a big-money move would be a risky one by Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta.
Leeds are once again flirting with the bottom three in the Premier League, so Rutter may not have the luxury of being able to slowly adapt to life in England, as you’d expect that the Whites could need him to fire in front of goal straight away.