The Telegraph claim Georginio Rutter is “struggling” with the expectations that comes with being a club-record signing at Leeds United – despite the “daily” help of his Leeds teammates since his £35m arrival from Hoffenheim.

Rutter, 21, has failed to make an impact at Elland Road since joining the club for the huge figure in January. Leeds needed a striker with Rodrigo out, and Patrick Bamford’s fitness a question mark. Victor Orta brought Rutter in.

Initial excitement in signing the French wonderkid has since turned into, why on earth did Leeds spend big on Rutter – a youngster, not yet proven – when we needed a proven goalscorer to get ourselves out of the relegation mire.

Rutter has failed to play a single minute under Sam Allardyce. The ex-England boss even said before West Ham, that Rutter is a player for next season. Damning, especially when he needs a striker. The Telegraph give an update.

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They say that behind the scenes at Leeds, Rutter is finding it difficult. He is said to be struggling with the weight of a £35m, club-record price tag. That is, despite the help of his Leeds teammates on a “daily” basis at Thorp Arch.

Rutter struggling with expectations of being a club-record Leeds signing

None of this is Rutter’s fault but he is certainly taking a lot of stick, not only from fans – but from Allardyce, too. A bit uncalled for. Rutter is a player with massive potential, but it is unfair to put saving a club from relegation on him.

Rutter’s day will come. Whether that is at Leeds, or elsewhere, remains to be seen. But if Allardyce needs a striker to come on with Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford both picking up injuries, why not just hand the club-record man a go?

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