Reliable Leeds United insider Phil Hay has told a fan on Twitter that the club want Liverpool winger Ryan Kent to replace Kemar Roofe as he closes in on a move to Anderlecht, and Whites supporters have been quick to react.
they want Ryan Kent
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 5, 2019
Hay provided an update on the 26-year-old on Monday, saying that he was in Belgium for a medical with Vincent Kompany’s men, and was then asked whether the Yorkshire outfit would look to bring in a successor to last season’s top marksman.
The Athletic journalist responded by saying United want Kent from the Reds, which is confusing in many ways given he has tended to play out wide during his career to date.
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Of course, Roofe was a winger when he first arrived at Elland Road before being successfully converted into a striker, and perhaps Marcelo Bielsa’s plan is to do the same with Kent.
However, Leeds certainly have plenty of competition in wide areas already with Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Pablo Hernandez, Jack Clarke and Ezgjan Alioski all in contention, whereas Patrick Bamford would be left as the only senior centre-forward.
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While he did find the net against Bristol City on Sunday, he has concerned supporters previously.
It is a situation that has left many Whites fans confused, with more than one responding to Hay’s transfer claim with a similar message explaining that he isn’t a striker.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Sam ➕? (@Samheadhouse) August 5, 2019
So we won’t get a striker? What will the plan be there?
— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) August 5, 2019
As much as I respect Bielsa’s opinion this is currently the position we have the most depth in, Gjanni, Costa, Clarke, Shacks, Dallas, Harrison & Pablo it just doesn’t make sense to me when up top our only back up striker doesn’t even have 90 professional mins under his belt
— Luke (@ItsLukeEv) August 5, 2019
Thought we’d replace him with like for like not another winger
— Kenny Brown (@kennybrown1964) August 5, 2019
Not a replacement, surely can’t go into the season with 1 out and out striker?
— Ethan Norfolk (@EN_Bull) August 5, 2019
Hes not a striker lmao. Any news phil on the price for roofe?
— Alex Tomenson aka Ren (@tomenson_alex) August 5, 2019
We need another st not either think kent isnt what we need
— Daniel yra ?? (@Danielrleeds1) August 5, 2019
HE ISNT A STRIKER THOUGH
— Matthew Carlyle (@MatthewCarlyle7) August 5, 2019