Phil Hay has told The Athletic that imminent Leeds United signing Georginio Rutter boasts similarities with Liverpool star Roberto Firmino – and not just because he is about to follow Firmino in exiting Hoffenheim for the Premier League.

Rutter, 20, is closing in on a move to Elland Road. Hay reports that a fee of £30million is set to change hands for the France talent – who is another example of Rennes’ stunning academy. He has played 64 senior games for Hoffenheim.

That is, since leaving Rennes after just five appearances. In his 64 games for Hoffenheim, he has clocked up 19 senior goal involvements – scoring 11 times, and laying on eight assists. That is despite only starting 30 of his 64 outings.

Costing Hoffenhei less than £1million, he is about to join Leeds for a fee as high as £30million. Hay reports in his Athletic piece that Rutter is ‘actively pushing’ for a move. He is ‘ready to board a plane’ with a medical scheduled.

Hay discussed Rutter in his piece, likening him to Firmino: “He has elements of Firmino about him. He can play through the middle, operate with his back to goal, providing a focal point to make possession stick. A target to play through.”

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Hay: Imminent Leeds signing Rutter boasts similarities with Firmino

Rutter has a long, long way to go to be anything like Firmino. The £180k-a-week star has been incredible, a legend in Liverpool’s current side. But Rutter certainly has the potential, and Leeds are about to give him that platform to shine.

Leeds have desperately needed a striker and are getting it in Rutter. A player that is going to cost the club a record transfer fee. So, there is plenty of risk behind this deal. But Leeds have performed well in the transfer window of late.

Brendan Aaronson, Tyler Adams, Willy Gnonto and even Max Wober are signings that have impressed so far. Victor Orta often does not get the praise he deserves. But hopefully, Rutter can prove why the club have spent so big.

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