The Chalkboard: Kent could be a back-up at Leeds

Recent reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post have linked Ryan Kent with a move to Leeds United as Marcelo Bielsa aims to bring three new wingers to Elland Road.

It’s no secret that the Whites want to strengthen on the flanks, and with Helder Costa and Jack Harrison also rumoured to be close to joining the Yorkshire outfit you have to wonder where Kent will fit in.

Depth on the wings

If Leeds do indeed land all of their targets they will have an unbelievable amount of depth on the wings.

Even if Jack Clarke moves to Tottenham they will have Pablo Hernandez, Harrison, Costa, Ezgjan Alioski and Mallik Wilks all capable of playing out wide.

Leeds signing their targets isn’t too far-fetched either, seeing as Phil Hay has confirmed that Harrison is looking likely to return, while Danny Mills rates Leeds’ chances of landing the Portuguese winger on loan.

Kent may be joining a team that is oversaturated on the wings and his playing time may end up very limited.

Back-up

It’s possible that Kent finds himself on the bench more often than not if he joins Bielsa’s side.

Even if Pablo Hernandez moves into the middle to accommodate the new signings, Helder Costa would be taking up his spot on the right, while the Argentine clearly likes Harrison as he utilised him as his first-choice left-winger last season.

Kent is at an immediate disadvantage if Harrison is at the club when he joins as the Manchester City man has already spent a season learning Bielsa’s system, and we saw last year that new signings are often not thrust straight into the first team if the 63-year-old doesn’t think that they know how to play his way.