Ever since Marcelo Bielsa took over at Leeds in the summertime of 2018, their recruitment has been just about on the cash.
His first addition was Patrick Bamford from Chelsea, who has been an inspiration of their maiden season again within the Premier League. Raphinha, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch have helped set up them within the prime flight, whereas even Rodrigo – who initially appeared like a significant misstep – hit some severe kind in the direction of the tail-end of final season.
Of the ten everlasting signings Bielsa made previous to this summer time, the truth is, solely Helder Costa has fallen wanting expectation. That is not a nasty strike charge in any respect, and it bodes nicely for whoever is subsequent within the door.
In accordance with varied reviews, their subsequent arrival could be long-term target Ryan Kent. The winger, who Leeds have been monitoring since he was on Liverpool‘s books in 2019, was a revelation in Rangers’ title-win final season, and The Athletic are the newest outlet to assert the Elland Highway facet are nonetheless .
Kent has been a central a part of Rangers’ transformation from Scottish soccer’s laughing inventory into the undisputed Premiership champions. His mortgage transfer to Ibrox in 2018/19 was a roaring success, and whereas his first yr as a everlasting participant was transitional, he delivered a number of the greatest type of his profession final season on their method to stopping ‘Ten in a Row’ in its tracks.
With the shape he’s displaying in Scotland, it is no shock to listen to of curiosity from the English Premier League. Increasingly, we’re seeing gamers bred within the SPFL stand out in England’s prime flight, with Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, John McGinn and Kieran Tierney only a handful of those that have seamlessly made the leap.
Kent is standing out to the identical extent as that formidable solid, but it surely will not be simple to lure him away from the Scottish champions this summer time. Steven Gerrard lately stated anybody who desires one in every of his key gamers should ‘convey a military’ to Ibrox, so make of that what you’ll.
However even probably the most bold of Rangers followers know that he will not be taking part in in Scotland for the remainder of his profession. And their resolve could be put to the check within the weeks forward.
The Leeds rumours make good sense, and never simply because they’re the extent of membership you’d count on to have an interest; bold, ahead pondering and with European soccer of their sights
Underneath Steven Gerrard, he has blossomed into the kind of participant Bielsa likes to handle. He is discovered the arduous manner that uncooked expertise will get you nowhere until you cowl the yards and work for it.
His work charge was criticised at Liverpool and within the early a part of his Rangers profession, however Kent averaged 15.71 defensive pressures per recreation final season. That ranks up there with Leeds wingers who’re famend for his or her arduous work; simply forward of Raphinha (15.17) and wanting Harrison (19.95).
With 13 objectives and 15 assists final season, it is apparent Kent would convey a severe artistic presence to Elland Highway. And whereas Leeds aren’t wanting creativity within the extensive positions, Kent brings one thing completely different to the desk.
He could possibly be in comparison with Raphinha when it comes to his dribbling, tempo and direct working, however Kent’s actual power lies in how arduous it’s to get the ball from him. When Alfredo Morelos is absent, Kent is Rangers’ outlet; they know as soon as they offer him the ball, he’ll cling onto it like an NFL working again and get it up the park.
And when he will get up the park h often makes one thing occur, as his 55 goal-involvements in three seasons at Rangers will attest.
It is testomony to Kent’s growth that Leeds’ recruitment crew, who’ve so not often acquired it incorrect in current seasons, are refusing to drop his scent. He is needed to wait patiently for his probability to revive his profession, however when it got here alongside in Scotland, he has grabbed it with each palms, and it doubtless will not be lengthy earlier than we see him again within the Premier League.
Leeds could be the membership greatest positioned to supply him a route again, however with Rangers doing all they’ll to cling onto their attacking talisman for now, it would depend upon how a lot they need him.