Leeds United forward Georginio Rutter was an unused substitute for the sixth Premier League match in a row on Sunday.

The Whites were beaten 3-1 by West Ham United at the London Stadium to leave their hopes of survival dangling by a thread heading into the final day.

Based on many of the players’ reactions at the final whistle, Leeds are almost resigned to their fate as they let slip another winning position, taking the tally to 25 points lost from such situations.

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Rodrigo Moreno had given Leeds an early lead but goals from Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Manuel Lanzini saw the hosts claim all three points.

Rutter treatment damaging

Leeds lost Patrick Bamford in the first half of Sunday’s defeat with a hamstring injury that also looks set to put him out of action next week.

Given Sam Allardyce’s comments during Friday’s press conference, it was pretty clear that Rutter was not going to be the man to replace him from the bench.

However, for almost the entirety of the second half, Rodrigo was also struggling with an injury and Leeds were effectively playing with 10 men.

Allardyce, though, refused to bring him off which will have almost certainly added to the damage, and again it is hard to see him featuring against Tottenham.

Regardless of how well he has settled since his club record move from Hoffenheim, not using Rutter in that situation will not only have dampened his confidence more, but ultimately, it adversely affected the team.

His comments on not having a striker on the bench were also an unnecessary dig, too.

Allardyce instead opted to bring the likes of Brenden Aaronson, Marc Roca and Sam Greenwood off, who have had ample opportunities to impress this season and haven’t done so.

The 68-year-old was critical of his substitutions after the game but what does he expect to happen when he continues to use the same players who have tried and failed so often.

Rutter has started just three games since his arrival in January and against Fulham in particular, he showed more than enough to prove he can have some sort of impact.

He controversially saw a goal disallowed at Craven Cottage, hit the post with an incredible attempted header and fashioned a clear-cut opportunity for Wilfried Gnonto.

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Yes, the price tag may be high and he was also probably not what Leeds needed, but at the same time, that’s not his fault.

If both Rodrigo and Bamford are out against Spurs, there is no reason for Allardyce to drastically change the formation like he mentioned in his post-match press conference when Rutter is there and available.

Besides, the only players he’d be bringing in to do so are the ones who have underperformed consistently all season anyway.

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