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‘Now is the new chapter’ – Leeds’ record signing Rutter keen to make impact this season

Leeds United’s record signing – forward Georginio Rutter – believes he has entered a “new chapter” for the Whites, one which begun with an appearance made in a 2-0 friendly loss to rivals Manchester United in Oslo yesterday.

Rutter, signed from Hoffenheim for a reported £35m fee, came to West Yorkshire with high expectation surrounding him yet struggled to even get game time under managers Jesse Marsch, Javi Gracia and Sam Allardyce.

Since joining Leeds in January, Rutter has made just one league start for the club in a 1-0 defeat away to Chelsea.

His lack of impact made many amongst the Elland Road faithful question the role he was to play for the Whites, especially considering he was brought in at a time when Leeds were desperate for attacking reinforcements last term.

Now, it appears that the dawn of a new season – as well as the appointment of new manager Daniel Farke – has sparked a renewed sense of confidence within the 21-year-old.

Speaking to the media following the loss against Erik ten Hag’s side yesterday (via Leeds Live) Rutter said: “Now is the new chapter.”

“I hope we continue like this way and in my head now it is better. I want to play football. So I’m happy with this.”

Much has also been made about what position will suit Rutter best at Leeds with the Frenchman able to play across the whole front line.

The decision – ultimately – is Farke’s to make, says Rutter, but he is willing to adapt to a wider role if necessary.

“He’s the coach. I can play winger or striker. I know I have more ability for playing striker because I have a lot of [time] playing in striker, but I can play winger.

“I need to learn more in winger.”

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