Recent reports link winger Ryan Kent with a loan move to Leeds United, what could he bring to the table next season?
According to recent reports, Leeds United are hopeful of tying up a loan move for Liverpool’s Ryan Kent, he predominantly played as a left sided attacker but can operate in any of the three roles behind a lone striker, meaning he would fit into Marcelo Bielsa’s tactical shape and bring some much needed pace and flair to a position that has had very little competition for places in recent times.
Leeds are also noted as to being in the market for Helder Costa from Wolves and a re-loan of Jack Harrison from Manchester City.
So, what would Kent bring to Leeds United’s party?
Well, last year, where he was on loan at Rangers in the SPL, he managed 43 appearances, scoring 6 goals and notching up 9 assists. Not a bad return for a wide man, but what can he improve on in order to be a regular, should he join the West Yorkshire outfit?
While the above stats for last term sound impressive, it helps remembering that Rangers usually dominate possession and chances created stats, that figure could and arguably should be better. Not withstanding his eye catching flair and noticeable pace, which in obvious to anyone with any interest in football but given the dominance of Leeds United last season in the same areas, this figure would be expected to be much greater, especially as it is widely regarded that conversion rates and goals were the main reason Leeds are still a Championship club and are’t tucking in their napkins ready to dine at the top table.
There is certainly potential in Kent, and an abundance of borrowed experience through multiple loans, but at 22 he is no longer a youngster in footballing terms and will, I’m sure, be wanting a more permanent arrangement some time in the very near future, could Rangers be that arrangement?
Manager Steven Gerard has made no secret of the fact that The Gers are in again for him, openly admitting in the media that that are doing everything they possibly can to get him back, but, with peoples opinions mixed regarding the quality between the two divisions, could The Championship be a greater lure for the Liverpool man?