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Leeds signing this 23-year-old Rangers star would be a much-needed attacking boost for Bielsa

Ryan Kent (Image credit: Google)
Ryan Kent (Image credit: Google)

Why Leeds United should return for Ryan Kent in January

According to Leeds Live, former Sunderland forward Kevin Phillips believes that Leeds United target Ryan Kent could be on the move after changing his agents. The Whites held a serious interest in the winger and now they could have their chance to make another move.


Ryan Kent rose through the youth ranks of Liverpool but he made only a single competitive appearance for the Reds, spending time on loan at Coventry City, Bristol City, and Barnsley in the Football League, as well as Freiburg in Germany and Rangers in Scotland.

The diminutive winger amassed an impressive 6 goals and 9 assists while on loan at Ibrox during the 2018-19 campaign. That prompted Steven Gerrard to fork out a handsome £6m to sign the 24-year-old permanently last summer, with Kent becoming Rangers’ second-most expensive signing ever.

Ryan Kent was adjudged the best young talent in his debut season with Rangers (Image credit: Google)
Ryan Kent was adjudged the best young talent in his debut season with Rangers (Image credit: Google)

The former England U-20 international bagged 8 goals and 4 assists for the Gers in the previous campaign, playing a key role as Gerrard’s side finished runners-up to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership and made it all the way through the last-16 of the Europa League.

Kent has made a stunning start to the 2020-21 season as well, registering 6 goals and 7 assists in 20 appearances across all competitions.

Leeds need a goal-scoring winger like Kent

It is no secret at this point that Leeds could use a shot in the arm in mid-season. The club have done decently after their promotion but have tailed off a bit in recent weeks. While Marcelo Bielsa is still working well with the players he has, there are certain areas where he could use some new personnel.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United reacts during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Manchester City at Elland Road on October 03, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Paul Ellis – Pool/Getty Images)

The left-wing should be the first and foremost. Jack Harrison is again back on a loan deal from Manchester City and no permanent deal has yet been arranged. Ezgjan Alioski is the only other left-sided wide player in the squad. Thus, turning to Ryan Kent would be a good decision here.

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Ryan Kent has established himself as an indispensable cog in Rangers’ attack over the past two seasons. He is currently one of the club’s most prized attacking assets. Having established himself as one of the best attacking players in Scotland, the 23-year-old is only going to get better with time. Hence, Leeds would be wise to return for the player.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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