Glasgow Rangers face a fight to keep the ever-reliable Ryan Kent if recent reports are to be believed…
According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, Victor Orta said the Scottish giants were difficult to deal with, which is why a move for Kent failed to materialise in the summer. However, he refused to rule out a return for the Rangers star in the future.
It’s claimed that Leeds could come back for Kent in January after the transfer market has re-opened. The 23-year-old has caught the eye at domestic level and has gathered a host of admirers across Europe over the past few years.
The former Liverpool winger, who reportedly earns wages which are worth £20,000-per-week, has been in impressive form this season and is highly rated by Steven Gerrard. The Ibrox boss has heaped plenty of praise on Kent in the past, calling him a “game-changer” following the Europa League victory over Willem II at the start of the season.
Kent has scored 5 goals and supplied 5 assists in 18 games in all competitions so far, whilst he is averaging 2.9 shots, 2.2 key passes and 2.2 dribbles per game in the Scottish Premiership this season, via WhoScored.
By comparison, even Ianis Hagi has only managed 1.8 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per league game in the Scottish top flight, as per WhoScored.
Despite interest from a number of Premier League sides, Kent decided to join the Gers in a £7.5m deal in 2019 after a successful spell on loan in Scotland. He made his debut in the 1-0 win over NK Osijek in the Europa League. Since then, he has bagged 19 times and 18 assists in total, via Transfermarkt.
He recently received praise from former Leeds and Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, who compared the wizard to Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, and insisted he’s “got everything” in an interview with Football Insider, which is high praise indeed, especially when you consider the fact that Sterling is arguably one of the best players in the Premier League, winning the FWA Player of the Year award in the 2018/19 season.
These kind of numbers are incredibly hard to come by at the best of times, least of all during a period of such uncertainty. It’s perhaps hardly surprising that Gerrard is desperate for the board to give him new and improved terms as it’s fair to say that finding a suitable replacement for the right price wouldn’t be an easy task. Get it done, Gers, or face serious consequences.
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