Leeds: Marsch must unleash Georginio Rutter
Leeds United return to action later today, as they return to FA Cup action with a fourth-round trip to Accrington Stanley.
Many questions arose after manager Jesse Marsch opted against handing their club-record signing Georginio Rutter any minutes in either of their clashes since his move.
The Frenchman joined in a £35.5m deal and is expected to uphold the goalscoring burden for the foreseeable future. Despite this, there seems to clearly be no rush in integrating the 20-year-old into the first-team squad.
Would you risk Rutter today?
However, this latest cup match could represent the perfect opportunity to finally hand him his first start for the Whites, with his quality sure to tell against League One strugglers.
His acclimatisation to English football is likely more of a priority to the Leeds boss than reintegrating a returning Patrick Bamford at this stage, but the 29-year-old will likely maintain his place in the starting squad for the next few years.
Before making his move to Elland Road Rutter had recorded four goal contributions in the Bundesliga but was truly shining due to his work rate and ability on the ball.
When compared to other forwards across Europe, Rutter ranks in the top 1% for dribbles completed. He truly is unparalleled in the way he ghosts past defenders, and against lower-league opposition, it should be made even easier.
Football talent scout Jacek Kulig even took to Twitter to label the forward a “clinical finisher” with “blistering pace“.
With quality in creativity as well, showcased in an admirable 0.7 key passes per game too, this suggestion is only furthered.
However, to pair this with the fact that the £70k-per-week marksman also sits in the top 3% for blocks and the top 9% for interceptions suggests that he will graft too.
When handed opportunities in games that are ‘deemed’ easier, such as within a cup competition, these represent the perfect chance to imbed some unproven talent.
Rutter must finally start, and with an important clash against Nottingham Forest on the horizon it will hopefully leave the more important Bamford fresh for that must-win clash.
Today’s game will likely not be easy, but it should be made that way by the inclusion of someone as technically proficient as the new man.