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Leeds will feel happy despite missing out on Ryan Kent, claims Graham Smyth

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In a piece written by Graham Smyth of Yorkshire Evening Post, he has described that Leeds will feel content despite missing out on Ryan Kent this summer.

What’s he said?

Leeds’ business during the transfer window largely consisted of loan deals but for a while, they were in the market for Kent.

The former Liverpool man has now joined Rangers in a £7m deal but there was a lengthy saga that saw the possibility of him moving to Elland Road.

Leeds Live claimed the winger was the club’s outstanding option in July whilst Phil Hay backed up their interest in August.

YEP have since said he was a long-term target with the Yorkshire side even previously agreeing a fee with the Reds for his services according to The Mirror’s David Anderson.

A deal was never wrapped up as the Whites focused on Eddie Nketiah instead. As a result, Smyth says Leeds won’t be concerned. On the Kent situation, he wrote:

“He’s happy, Rangers are happy, Leeds are happy, Nketiah is happy and Leeds fans will be happy if the striker’s goals help send them back to the promised land.

“The early signs, Nketiah’s pace, power, movement and finishing ability suggest that the late change in tack might just help steer Leeds in the right direction.”

Leeds should be pleased

The deals concluded in recent months were perhaps rather bizarre, especially after selling players like Pontus Jansson and Kemar Roofe.

Instead of buying permanent replacements, loan players came in. One of which was Nketiah who so far is proving to be a better option than Kent.

One of the biggest concerns for Leeds was their lack of firepower. If they hadn’t brought in the Arsenal man they’d have been staring at a solitary first-team attacker in Patrick Bamford.

He can’t do everything on his own and thus deciding to turn their attentions to a striker rather than a winger was smart.

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For that reason alone, Leeds will be happy and if the 20-year-old continues as he’s started, they will remain content for a while.

Nketiah has three goals already this season despite not starting a Championship match and there is surely more to come.

To put it simply, Leeds would have been foolish if they didn’t focus their attention away from Kent and on a forward.

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