According to journalist Graham Smyth, Leeds United manager Daniel Farke raced up to Georginio Rutter soon after the final whistle against Watford.
Leeds achieved a deserved 3-0 win over the Hornets at Elland Road on Saturday [23 September] to move into the Championship play-off zone.
Farke made a point of stepping up to the 21-year-old on the field as the home fans inside Elland Road applauded Rutter and his teammates.
Smyth wrote in his match review for the Yorkshire Evening Post [23 September]: “Farke made a beeline for the club’s record signing at the full-time whistle.”
The Whites’ high-spending The January signing contributed to two of his team’s victories.
three goals, including an assist for substitute Jaidon Anthony’s strike late on. Rutter may not have been on the scoresheet himself against Watford, but he produced a superb display that ensured home supporters got their money’s worth.
The France U21 international played three key passes – only team-mate Daniel James (four) managed more from players on both sides – while his tally of seven dribbles was unmatched [WhoScored].
While he can at times be frustrating to watch, particularly when spurning good chances and attempting tricks that do not come off, there is no doubt that Rutter has the quality to help Leeds earn an instant return to the Premier League.
Justifying the fee Leeds paid Hoffenheim – potentially rising to £36million – is going to be extremely tough.
But Rutter showed once again against Watford that he has the ‘X-Factor’, and hopefully there is more of the same to come.
In other Leeds United news, a Whites player has been ruled out for at least a month through injury.