Daniel Farke calls Leeds United’s Georginio Rutter a ‘role model’ for winning fans over

GOOD DAYS: Crysencio Summerville celebrates scoring Leeds United’s fourth goal against Huddersfield Town with Georginio Rutter (Photo: George Wood)

Crysencio Summerville and Dan James each scored twice in a storming first half which buried memories of Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke City.

Both were substituted in the second period as was Rutter, who got as big an ovation from a crowd who have sensed he needs their support and given it gladly.

His £35m January signing was one of last season’s worst, the now-20-year-old unable to settle or even score. He has only notched twice this term, but Elland Road is willing him to succeed.

“He’s had a difficult start to life here and there was some criticism,” acknowledged Farke. “It’s important how you react.

“Our supporters have a really fine feeling for if a player is working his socks off. If a player is willing to improve our supporters are also willing to give his reward.

“Georgie can be a role model for how to win the supporters back.”

Farke was delighted his team has still not lost consecutive games under him, saying: “You can have a brilliant run of 20 wins but if there’s one poor half or one poor result, it’s always difficult to show a reaction.”

Summerville scored twice in the first half and made both James’ goals after the pair were rested to the bench at Stoke.

“In terms of end product he has improved a lot from the start of the season,” said Farke. “It’s necessary for a young player to add goals and assists.

“We are always bringing him into situations in training where he has to finish or find the finishing pass under pressure. He’s definitely in a good way but it’s about consistency.”

Farke believes both wingers can start more consistently after injury-disrupted starts to life under him.

“I hope it is possible to play them three games (in a week) over 90 minutes but not at this moment,” he said. “I hope in a few weeks it will be.”


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