Rangers are enjoying a fine season so far under Gio van Bronckhorst as the Ibrox club remain in contention to win three trophies between now and the end of the campaign.
The Gers are three points behind their arch-rivals at the top of the Premiership and face them in their next league outing, which means that they have the chance to draw level with them heading into the final few weeks of the campaign.
The Gers are also in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, with a number of players in the squad consistently delivering across multiple competitions.
Whilst Alfredo Morelos has been banging in the goals and showing that he can find the net on a regular basis domestically and in Europe, one man has been unplayable for Van Bronckhorst – and also Steven Gerrard earlier in the 2021/22 campaign – and that is Ryan Kent.
The ex-Liverpool winger has been phenomenal and is crucial to the club’s hopes of lifting silverware this year, having proven himself to be an exceptional attacking talent.
Speaking on Sky Sports, via the Daily Record, one of the channel’s social media pundits – Specs Gonzalez – dubbed him the “Kylian Mbappe of Scottish football” as he tipped the 25-year-old to be called up by England this month.
Kent may not be on the same level as the France and PSG star in terms of quality, but their style of play is similar in the sense that they are both right-footed forwards who typically play off the left but can also be deployed down the middle whilst possessing lightning-quick pace.
Whilst he may not be scoring in World Cup finals and firing in hat-tricks at the Nou Camp like Mbappe, Kent has nonetheless been setting the pitch alight for the Gers in the Premiership and Europa League.
As shown in the graphic above, Kent has delivered superb statistics across both competitions – via SofaScore and Transfermarkt – and has been, in the recent words of Andrew Dickson, “completely unplayable” for the Gers.
The Englishman has produced three goals and a whopping 13 assists across the two competitions, averaging a direct goal contribution just over once every two matches. Kent has also averaged SofaScore ratings of 7.16 and 7.00 in the Premiership and Europa League respectively, showing that he has been consistently delivering with his overall performances.
He is a constant threat to the opposition with his trickery on the wing, forcing defences to drop deeper in fear of him. Defenders move back five or 10 yards to give him less room in which to work, as otherwise they could be done for pace on the outside and leave him with acres of grass to get a delivery into the box, or to cut inside and shoot with either foot to score himself.
However, he has still been able to work his magic with an excellent record of assists in Europe and the Premiership, showing that he is just unplayable at his best for Van Bronckhorst’s side.