Before Saturday’s pivotal game against Ipswich Town, Georginio Rutter sent a four-word message to Leeds United supporters.
Leeds has not won in their past two games against Sunderland and Coventry City, and they enter the weekend meeting at Elland Road 10 points behind their rivals in second place.
According to Sky Sports analyst Jobi McAnuff, Leeds is under pressure heading into the match because they can’t afford to fall further behind their rivals in the battle for automatic promotion.
Andy Hinchcliffe, McAnuff’s teammate, believes Leeds will be “worried” about how Ipswich can hurt them given the calibre of play they have displayed so frequently this season.
Despite the recent slump in performance, Rutter has sent out a rallying appeal to followers on Instagram, saying that he and his teammates are prepared to keep battling. “We won’t give up,” he declared.
Rutter must perform at his peak for Leeds.
Rutter has been outstanding for Leeds so far this season. He scored his first goal for the team in the 4-3 victory at Portman Road back in August, which was one of his best outings.
Although he hasn’t scored many goals after that game, his dribbling and inventiveness have allowed him to accumulate nine assists in the league, which has made him an invaluable asset. Nobody possesses more.
Since Ipswich is unlikely to sit back on Saturday, Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca feels Leeds is the greatest counterattacking team in the division and it could be useful.
In games like that, Rutter may truly shine as he forms a “unplayable” front four with Dan James, Joel Piroe, and Crysencio Summerville, creating plenty of opportunities for his teammates.
Hopefully, Rutter will be playing at the peak of his abilities for Leeds this weekend to lead his team to a vital victory and pull them within seven points of the top two.