Dean Smith would solve Aston Villa’s underlying problem by signing Ryan Kent

According to The Scottish Sun, Aston Villa are plotting a move for Liverpool’s Ryan Kent, who has enjoyed a productive season on loan at Rangers.

What’s the word?

Kent had a wonderful campaign in the SPFL, winning the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award for his efforts.

Joining Steven Gerrard at Ibrox for the duration of the 2018/19 term, the wide man made impressive strides after being shipped away for a year by Jurgen Klopp.

The 22-year-old has previously had loan spells with Coventry, Barnsley, Freiburg and Bristol City. However, he could now finally be about to make a permanent switch, per The Scottish Sun.

They suggest that Aston Villa are planning a £10m swoop for Kent. According to the report they have already told the Anfield club that they want him next season.

Major problem solved

One of the few remaining problems still embedded within Dean Smith’s Villa team comes in a wide area.

On the flanks, they simply haven’t been good enough. The likes of Anwar El Ghazi, Albert Adomah and Andre Green have been hugely inconsistent this season and as a result, the addition of Kent would go a long way to solving that.

In total this season, those three options have nine assists between them. The Liverpool man, on the other hand, has ten by himself in all competitions.

That gives you a strong indication of how good he’s been this term and just what he can bring to Villa Park. Kent has a teasing final ball and his technical ability is one of his strong points.

The winger has the capability to feature on either side, although has predominantly played from the left. However, Express and Star understand there is an option to buy in El Ghazi’s loan contract, which means any deal for Kent may see him play on the right.

Given that’s where Adomah and Green have been largely underwhelming, the 5 ft 8 man would go a long way to solving the inconsistency issues they’ve both had.

At £10m, it would be a strong piece of business from the Midlands club.

Article title: Dean Smith would solve Aston Villa’s underlying problem by signing Ryan Kent

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