Ross McCormack has lavished praise on Georginio Rutter after the forward’s impressive performance in the convincing defeat of Watford at Elland Road, as reported by Leeds United News.
Despite not getting his name on the scoresheet, Rutter’s skilful performance impressed McCormack and added to his bright start to the season. The Frenchman joined Leeds in January from Hoffenheim for a club-record fee that could eventually rise to £35 million but failed to find the net in his 13 Premier League outings.
It has been a different story so far this season for the former Stade Rennais man as he has scored twice and provided two assists in his seven appearances. His form is going someway to proving manager Daniel Farke right in his decision to reject a Borussia Dortmund summer bid to take the attacker back to the Bundesliga.
Big summer signing Joel Piroe has been unable to dislodge Rutter from the number nine role at Elland Road but between them they have contributed five goals and two assists as Leeds currently occupies fifth place in the Championship.
What’s Been Said?
Former United striker McCormack told BBC Radio Leeds his thoughts on Rutter’s display, “It was more the second half. First-half, he had the chance and should probably have scored. So he might have been a little bit frustrated at half-time.”
“But coming in the second half, like you said, it was like a different player, just his touches, his lay-offs, his awareness, even his strength. Yeah, he just looked great,” he continued.
Not only do Leeds have a very impressive, and very expensive, forward line that proved their ability against Watford; they also possess quality in all areas of the pitch. The experience and leadership of Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper is supplemented by the youth of Ethan Ampadu and Crysencio Summerville. Boss Farke will be hopeful his big players can continue to click as they look to close the gap on the top two that has already got eight points.
Few would argue that United have a side capable of mounting a serious promotion challenge but they will need to show the form they showed against The Hornets consistently should Daniel Farke wish to add a third promotion to the Premier League to his CV.