Kevin Hatchard has told Sky Sports News (Monday, 12.53PM) that Georginio Rutter has been “unplayable” at times for Hoffenheim since joining the club in January 2021 – with a club-record move to Leeds reportedly close to arriving.

Rutter, 20, has starred for Hoffenheim – playing 64 times at senior level and having a hand in 19 goals. The France U21 talent has scored 11 goals and created eight more, with a lot of his games coming from out wide in the Bundesliga.

The latest in terms of where Leeds are in a move, is reported by Fabrizio Romano. He says that a deal is at an advanced stage, with a fee of £26.5m discussed. That of course, with add-ons, would go above Rodrigo. Personal terms are done.

Hatchard, a Bundesliga football expert, was on Sky Sports News’ Transfer Show on Monday. He was asked about Leeds signing Rutter and gave a glowing verdict of Rutter. He also claims that the attacker will be a “good fit” for the Whites.

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Hatchard: Rutter unplayable at times with Leeds close to agreeing deal

“He’s one of those guys – you look at data, stats, goals, assist – but you watch him and you just love it. Because he is fun. He wants to effect the game with a mazy run, skill, a shot from range,” Hatchard has told Sky Sports News.

“He is the youngest French player ever to score in the Champions League. At Hoffenheim, he has had some games where he has been unplayable. He is still raw, he is not the finished article, but I think he will be a great fit for Leeds.”

Hatchard’s verdict is incredibly exciting. Not many Leeds fans, or Premier League followers, will have heard of Rutter before the links to Leeds. But Leeds fans have done their research on YouTube, and excitement over a move is high.

The Bundesliga expert’s take on Rutter is very encouraging. But, it must be remembered that Rutter – as Hatchard says – is a player that is still only 20. He has played less than 70 senior professional football matches. He needs time.

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