Leeds United are monitoring long-term target Ryan Kent ahead of a potential move for the winger in the upcoming summer transfer window.
What’s the story?
Last year, the Whites had a number of bids rejected for the Rangers ace, but that does not appear to have deterred them in their pursuit.
According to Football Insider, Kent remains on Leeds’ radar despite long-term admirer Marcelo Bielsa leaving the club, and the Premier League side could make a fresh move to sign the 25-year-old this summer.
Imagine him and Raphinha
Kent enjoyed an impressive campaign north of the border last term, scoring 13 goals and setting up another 15. His performances this year have been equally eye-catching, managing a whopping 15 assists in just 35 games across all competitions.
The £20k-per-week winger has earned rave reviews for his performances, not least from team-mate Conor Goldson, whopreviously hailed him as “magnificent” and said: “He has got a lot of ability. (He is) 24-years-old, two-footed. It is not nice when he runs at you, I can tell you that personally from training. He has got everything.”
Former Rangers star Kris Boyd has previously waxed lyrical about the ex-Liverpool winger, saying: “There’s Ryan Kent who is phenomenal – he gets you off your seat. His numbers have increased season after season. Even if the team are not at the level we saw at the start of the campaign, he is still a threat. He is so comfortable with the ball – it is like has superglue in his boots!”
Neil Dewsnip, his former coach at England under-17 level, said: “He seems to relish the atmosphere, so I think he’s in the bracket of players who think ‘the bigger, the better’. Ryan is very exciting so, when he’s good he’s devastatingly good. But that’s a trait of a lot of wide players. The challenge is to be consistent and I’m sure that’s what Steven and his staff will be working to achieve.”
Having a dynamic winger like Kent to perhaps partner someone like Raphinha (if the Brazilian stays put at Elland Road) would be quite the formidable duo for Leeds going forward and would certainly leave a lot of Premier League defences terrified.
Kent has clearly impressed a lot of people in his time at Ibrox, and a move for him this summer could finally see Leeds get their man.
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