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Leeds: Noel Whelan provides thoughts on Ryan Kent

Leeds: Noel Whelan provides thoughts on Ryan Kent - Leeds United

Ryan Kent may have to change his role to a No.10 if he wants to join Leeds United, according to former Whites striker Noel Whelan.

Kent has enjoyed an excellent spell at Rangers in recent years, having joined from Liverpool in 2019, following an initial loan move at Ibrox.

The 24-year-old has been a key man as Steven Gerrard’s side have clinched Scottish Premiership glory, scoring 25 goals in 122 appearances for the club.

Kent was linked with a move to Leeds last summer and a bid of around £10m was rejected, per BBC, with Marcelo Bielsa clearly seeing him as a good option to come in and add more quality to his attack.

Whelan makes Kent claim

A move could still potentially happen given that Rangers are expected to cash in on some players this summer, but speaking to Football Insider, ex-Whites star Whelan believes Kent may need to change his position in order for a transfer to materialise:

“They’ll consider their options. But now they have Raphinha, he’s now considered that top player.

“I don’t think we’ll look there now unless Kent really considers playing a number 10 role. He’s a player that can adapt across that midfield area, whether that’s on the left, the right or the centre.

“It depends on where they are looking to strengthen. We know we need more midfield players, that’s a fact. Do they want more of a natural attacking centre-midfield player?

“Mateusz Klich is out of favour but Stuart Dallas is doing a fantastic job in that area with his energy and quality. But we need more options.

“Ryan Kent will always be an option because he’s at the right age and he’s got lots of ability to go into a Premier League outfit.”

The winger’s current Rangers deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2023, so Leeds would likely have to pay a sizeable fee to prise him away.

Transfer Tavern take

Kent could be an exciting addition for Leeds ahead of next season, with his pace, trickery and work-rate making him an ideal fit. He is is yet to prove himself in the Premier League, though, which is the one possible stumbling block.

He has scored 25 goals for Rangers, as mentioned, but he has also registered 26 assists, highlighting his all-round quality in the final third.

In other news, a Leeds regular is reportedly being eyed up by a number of clubs – find out who it is here.


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