Jesse Marsch has told Tuesday’s press conference – as per the club’s YouTube – that having staged meetings with new Leeds signing Georginio Rutter, that there are similarities with Willy Gnonto in the Frenchman’s tactical understanding.
Rutter, 20, has joined for a club-record fee that will see Leeds pay almost £25m up front – and more than £10m in add-ons. Leeds have paid such a big fee after Rutter scored 11 goals and laid on eight assists in 64 Hoffenheim outings.
He overtakes Rodrigo in terms of fee paid for a player. Rodrigo joined in a £27m deal. Of course, there has been a lot of criticism surrounding the Spain star, due to his fee. But with Rutter, he is a young player and will be given patience.
Marsch spoke of his first few days with the France U21 star. He says that having staged meetings with Rutter to help get across the tactical approach Leeds are putting into practice, his understanding was on a similar level to Gnonto.
“A lot of the first meetings we had with Willy, he [Rutter] was very responsive in the same way. Difference is Georginio has played 57 Bundesliga games. That’s a quick ascension. Even he said he learned so much from joining Hoffenheim”.
Marsch: New Leeds signing Rutter has similarities with Gnonto
Gnonto has surprised everyone. Joining the club for less than £5million, Marsch and Leeds believed it would take some time for Gnonto to become the player they believe he could be. But he has hit the ground running. He is undroppable.
So much so, that you would suggest that if Leeds received bids for Gnonto – 10 times their outlay, they may be inclined to reject it. For Rutter, if he can have the same start as Gnonto had, then Leeds have pulled off another masterstroke.
Rutter is in a better position, too. While Gnonto clocked up north of 70 appearances for Zurich and had Italy caps when joining, you would say that Rutter is further down the line. Given his games have come at Bundesliga level. Exciting.