Pundit View: Prutton’s view on why Leeds should sign Kent is ridiculous

David Prutton’s most recent article in the Yorkshire Post sees him give an absolutely ridiculous reason as to why Leeds should sign Ryan Kent on loan from Liverpool next season.

What’s been said then?

The former midfielder wrote that Kent should be signed due to the performances his Liverpool teammate Harry Wilson put in for Derby last season.

“I don’t know too much about the kid Kent but you only have to look at the other Liverpool loanee in the Championship last season in Harry Wilson who did wonderfully well at Derby,” Prutton wrote.

“I’m not saying it’s an exact science but Kent will have worked under Jurgen Klopp, under Lee Johnson on loan at Bristol City and most recently under Steven Gerrard at Rangers and that’s three very good coaches.

“Kent is surely a player that would benefit from being under Bielsa and if he’s anything like Wilson then he would be a great addition.”

Makes no sense

Prutton does say that it isn’t an exact science, but that isn’t enough to justify such a mind-boggling opinion.

This argument that Kent should be signed because Wilson did well is so easily unravelled it’s laughable.

It would be a partially decent point if Liverpool had an excellent track record with their loanees in the Championship, but they don’t.

Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria spent parts of last season in the second tier and made next to no impact, while previous seasons have seen Sheyi Ojo and even Kent himself flop in this division.

Wilson is very much the exception to the rule here, and his performances at Hull before he joined Derby indicated that he would be brilliant in this division. Indeed, the winger has had a good season at Rangers, but his previous stints in the Championship have been less than impressive.

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