CBS Sports reporter Jake Winderman has labelled Leeds United’s pending move for Hoffenheim forward Georginio Rutter as ‘absolutely massive’.
The Whites have now reached a ‘total agreement’ with the Bundesliga side for Rutter after ‘hard poker’ on financial details earlier in the week.
Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg revealed on Wednesday evening that a final package could be worth around €40m, with the Frenchman set to sign an Elland Road contract until 2028. A transfer looks set to be an all-time record for Leeds, with announcements of a deal prepared.
Winderman was quick to react to Plettenberg’s update on Rutter, saying it is ‘absolutely massive for Leeds’ after missing out on a number of high-profile moves in the past, while also describing the forward as a possible ‘international superstar in the making’.
“After missing on Gakpo, De Ketelaere, Rodrigo De Paul, etc, this is absolutely massive for Leeds United getting a deal done for a player of this calibre. Great move for a striker who could be an international superstar in the making. Can’t wait to see him make his debut.”
TIF thoughts on Rutter…
As Winderman mentions, Leeds have missed out on a number of big-money signings in recent years, most recently Cody Gakpo, who is now a Liverpool player.
Therefore, getting a move over the line for Rutter should be viewed as positive news despite the player’s relative inexperience, and hopefully the 20-year-old can live up to expectations in Yorkshire.
You’d expect he’ll be rivalling Rodrigo for a starting spot in Jesse Marsch’s side to start with, and in years to come, if all goes well, this investment will be looked back on as a smart one.