Tyler Adams has told BBC Radio Leeds that he instantly knew Georginio Rutter had what it takes to be a success at Leeds United with his display on debut against Accrington Stanley – and has been impressed by his quality in training.

Rutter, 20, earned his second start since joining Leeds for a club-record fee in January from Hoffenheim, on Tuesday night. However, he failed to make the difference as Leeds lost 2-0 to Fulham. But, he can count himself rather unlucky.

The Frenchman saw a goal disallowed after Weston McKennie had a header saved – the USA star adjudged to have pushed his marker. But replays showed the decision was soft. Rutter saw a superb header kiss the foot of the post.

There were signs that Rutter could be a really good player for Leeds in the future, but there is still plenty to go. Alan Shearer said he lacked the strength to hold the ball up, at times. But Adams says he has been impressed in training.

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“Against Accrington Stanley, I could see right away he has the qualities to succeed here. I had the opportunity to play against him in the Bundesliga. I was always wondering who is this kid, where is he from? I see it in training.

“He’s comfortable under pressure, he can play with both feet. He’s not afraid to go at you. That’s the kind of attackers you want, you want guys that are going to keep defenders on their heels. He’s going to be an important player for us.”

Tyler Adams knew Georgie Rutter had what it takes to succeed at Leeds

The pressure is on Rutter to match his £35m price tag. In the opposite way, Willy Gnonto might be finding he is under less pressure because the club spent just £4m to bring him to Elland Road. Rutter has huge weight on his shoulders.

But Rutter just needs belief in his ability and plenty of game time. Unfortunately he finds himself at Leeds where the club is in a position where they have got to play the experienced players – the ones that instantly know how to score.

It means that Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford will start ahead of Rutter, but there is no doubting that the ex-Rennes star can have an impact from the bench. He is a game changer and he can have a telling contribution this season.

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