At only 22 years of age, Ryan Kent has already amassed a huge deal of experience, playing in the Scottish Premiership, the Championship and even the Bundesliga. This level of experience is extremely rare for such youth which is only a positive for Leeds.
The only grievances with signing the talented winger are whether he will fit in with Bielsa’s philosophy. There are questions about the versatility of the Englishman and whether he can play a centralized role; Kent has never been utilized in many central attacking roles, which is where Bielsa wants to play him.
Kent predominantly plays on the flanks with his primary position being on the left-wing, but, he is very comfortable on the right-wing too. As a result of this, Kent may be able to pick up any attacking role in the transition between 4-2-3-1 and 3-3-1-3 and under the tutelage of Bielsa, Kent will certainly thrive in this offensive system.
At times last season, following the departure of Saiz, Leeds looked out of ideas and were in desperate need of a direct player who opened up teams. This was the most prominent in games such as the 1-0 defeat to QPR.
The former Rangers player fits the mold as his greatest strength is his dribbling proven when he achieved the third most take-ons (115) when playing in the Championship.
Furthermore, the youngster accumulated a tidy goals and assists return last season with 6 goals and 9 assists in total which highlights the attacking nature of the player, especially whilst playing alongside controversial attacker Alfredo Morelos who was no stranger to a suspension.
However, a potential concern is that Steven Gerrard (Rangers manager) stated that Ryan Kent is shy and suffered from anxiety when first joining Rangers. According to the former Liverpool legend, it took Kent 6 weeks to fully integrate into the Rangers squad which had an impact on his performances.
Despite this, the pressure of the Leeds faithful may not get to Kent due to the fact that he’s no stranger to a high-pressured title race, finishing 2nd in the 18/19 season at Rangers.
In addition to this, he has played in European competitions showing the level this potential superstar is performing at and that he may take the Leeds squad to a new level.
Finally, history is on the side of Kent as players who have moved between Liverpool FC and Leeds United have excelled. For example, Dominic Matteo who’s champions league heroics will be forever remembered and Gary McAllister who was a stand out player in Leeds title-winning side of 1992 alongside a plethora of other players to make the move between the clubs.
Overall, the transfer of Ryan Kent should be a brilliant one due to his supreme talent and coupled with Bielsa’s backing, he could come up trumps.
All we can do now is wait to see how fruitful this transfer will prove to be…