Georginio Rutter: German football expert says Leeds United paying over the odds for striker

Georginio Rutter
Georginio Rutter, centre, is a France Under-21 international. Credit: PA

A German football expert says Leeds United are paying over the odds for Georginio Rutter as the French striker looks set to become the club's record signing.

The Elland Road side – currently 14th in the Premier League – are believed to be on the verge of signing the 20-year-old France Under-21 international from German club Hoffenheim in a deal worth £35.5m.

The fee would eclipse United's current record of £27m, paid to Valencia for Rodrigo in 2020.

German football consultant Jasmine Baba said fans would have to be patient to see the best from a "raw" talent.

She said: "We have him at [a value of] around 16-20 million euros at the moment, which Leeds are basically doubling.

"It's a lot over what he's valued at the moment and that can bring quite an unhealthy expectation to such a young player and could backfire."

  • German football consultant Jasmine Baba speaks to ITV News sports reporter Chris Dawkes.

Rutter has scored twice in 17 games in all competitions this season for Hoffenheim, with 11 goals in 64 appearances for the Bundesliga side.

Baba said he was a "technically gifted, very dynamic striker" and one of the best dribblers in the Bundesliga, but had "only really had one healthy season of playing time."

"People should not expect Leeds's problems to magically disappear," she said.

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