Leeds must sign Kent on loan to add to their attacking options for next season

Having confirmed the signing of Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa may look for more loan deals from Premier League clubs to fill his squad with attacking talent this summer.

What’s the story?

Goal.com have reported that both Leeds and Rangers are keen on taking young Liverpool winger Ryan Kent on a season-long loan deal.

However, the Reds are pushing for a deal that would allow them to fine the other party if Kent does not start enough matches, as was the case when the 21-year-old was at Bristol City during the second half of last season.

The Englishman endured a difficult 2017/18 season, spending the first half of the year in the Bundesliga with SC Freiburg where he only started one league game. He then started six games for Bristol after January but this was not enough for The Robins to avoid a £500,000 fine.

There is no doubt that Kent is an exciting prospect, but with the attacking talent available to Jurgen Klopp at the moment it seems that he will spend another season away from Anfield.


Attacking options

Liverpool's Ryan Kent in action for Bristol City

Given his wealth of experience and reputation in the game, Bielsa was perhaps a surprise appointment at Leeds this summer and despite being linked with a number of players, the Argentine has taken his time before delving into the transfer market.

Creative attacking players must be a priority for Bielsa as Leeds look to improve on their 13th place finish in the Championship last season. Kent fits this bill perfectly as he has pace and trickery in abundance and can play on either wing, behind the striker and even upfront.

His goal for Liverpool against Chester during a pre season friendly on Saturday proved his quality, as he cut inside from the left and whipped the ball into the far corner of the net.

If Leeds are willing to accept Liverpool’s strict terms then this could be the perfect loan-deal for both Kent himself and the West Yorkshire club.