According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United want to bring Ryan Kent in on loan next season after his impressive spell at Rangers.
This wouldn’t be the 22-year-old’s first spell in the Championship, nor would it be his first time playing for a Yorkshire club after spending the 2016/17 season on loan at Barnsley.
His time at Oakwell may give us an indication as to how he would perform if he came to Elland Road, so let’s look at how he played for the Tykes back then.
The first thing that immediately sticks out when you look at Kent’s stats during his time at Barnsley is his poor amount of goal contributions.
Three goals and just one assist in 44 appearances for a winger doesn’t make for great reading, and Marcelo Bielsa would want those numbers to drastically increase if he brought him in next season.
It’s not as if he wasn’t getting chances either. The Liverpool man was taking 1.4 shots per game, but he only found the back of the net three times all season showing how inaccurate he was when taking aim at goal.
He did successfully complete 2.6 dribbles per game, so he clearly wasn’t scared of running with the ball. Unfortunately, the stats indicate that he wasn’t very good at it as he also averaged 2.3 unsuccessful dribbles per game. For all of his attempts, not many of his runs led to anything as he got only one assist that season.
Leeds fans must hope that he has improved since his time in Yorkshire as his first stint in the Championship certainly wasn’t impressive, and if the Whites want to go up next season they need better performances than the ones Kent was putting in at Barnsley.