Leeds United’s Georginio Rutter suggestion dares David Wagner to blink at Norwich City tactics

The fluidity of Leeds United’s attacking play led by Georginio Rutter against Norwich City’s tall and physical defenders was an asset that Daniel Farke enjoyed at Sunday’s draw. The German will know that David Wagner can read his post-match comments, but unless Thursday’s visitors inject agility serum into their centre-backs, there is little they can do about the move.

That is, of course, unless the Canaries commit to a low block that restricts space behind their line. Staying in front of Leeds will give the hosts plenty of time and possession to make their moves as Norwich look for chances to counter.

Rutter hasn’t scored or assisted since his hernia surgery during the international break in March. Neither position change on Sunday has radically improved his performance on the pitch, but Farke’s comments about mobility and pace would suggest the Frenchman could retain his start at Elland Road.

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“We wanted to be flexible,” Farke said. “Sometimes Georgi Rutter (is a) bit like a false nine to allow them to switch positions because that’s one of our strengths, our mobility, our pace.”

Shane Duffy, who was booked for taking out Crysencio Summerville on Sunday, and Ben Gibson are likely to remain in central defence. Grant Hanley, equally physical and experienced, is Wagner’s alternative.

Farke must decide whether Joel Piroe or, as some fans would like, Mateo Joseph are better options under center when Rutter is in such poor form.

“Especially when you’re playing (against) such a physical and tall back, you have to invest in the moves and I encourage them to do that even more,” he said. “The more confidence we had through more control of the game, the more fluid we were and I really enjoyed the second half.