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Georginio Rutter's 'naïve' style criticised in 'rude Premier League awakening' after Leeds United loss

Leeds United striker Georginio Rutter has been told he's in for a 'real rude awakening' to Premier League football if he continues his 'naïve' style of play by former Whites defender Jon Newsome.

The 20-year-old started in yesterday's 1-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but failed to make an impact on the match, with the Whites having recorded their first shot on target just eight minutes before he went off deep into the second-half.

With top goalscorer Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford out on the injury table for the match against the Blues, it was clear to Newsome that the Frenchman hadn't passed manager Javi Gracia's test for more consistent minutes going forward.

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"Today, in all honesty, I thought he was lost," he told BBC Radio Leeds after the defeat at Stamford Bridge. "I thought there were parts of his game, he’s dropping a little bit too deep for me.

"And that’s where he’s got to learn the game. But he’s got to have help. He can’t do it all by himself, in terms of learning the game. Somebody’s got to help him from the touchline.

"Somebody’s got to direct him, somebody’s got to coach him. But then, he picks the ball up 30 yards from our goal and gets turned and tries to do a stepover on a centre-half or midfielder, and loses possession on the edge of our box.

"Just little things like that, where you look and it’s naïve. It’s quite worrying for me, because I look and think, ‘wow, if you think you can play that kind of football in this league, then you’ve got a real rude awakening’."

Despite being just 20, the Whites still forked out a club-record fee of £35 million for the star, but he's not taken to life kindly so far in England having failed to find the net in his six appearances for the club so far.

With the hefty price-tag that Leeds had to pay for his services, Newsome is worried that it might take too long for a player of his value to get started in the Premier League.

"Now, if we had spent £3million or £4 million on him and he was a player we bought for potential, I get it. But £35million, for me, you’re spending £35 million, you’re buying somebody who hits the ground running and makes a massive difference to this football team. And I’m not seeing that."


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