Ross Wilson must answer Steven Gerrard’s call amid reports that Ryan Kent has complicated contract talks with Glasgow Rangers by switching agents.
According to Football Insider, Gerrard is putting pressure on the Rangers hierarchy to continue negotiations with Kent’s representatives. Ibrox bosses want to give him new and improved terms which would bring him in line with some of the club’s highest-paid players like Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe, Scott Arfield and James Tavernier.
However, it’s since been revealed that the 24-year-old is no longer represented by the Crown Football agency. Instead, his family are now looking after his affairs.
Whether this will have any impact on the discussions between the two sides remains to be seen but the fact remains that Leeds United maintain a long-standing interest in the former England U20 international.
Rangers rejected a £10m bid from Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the summer whilst Gerrard has insisted that he is not for sale, with reports suggesting that he has a £20m release clause in his contract, which will run out in 2023.
But this latest development could cause seismic changes, with the likes of Kevin Phillips talking about how difficult it will be for him to ignore a big money move south of the border.
Whilst Kent’s form has arguably taken a bit of a dip in recent weeks, as he has failed to find the back of the net since the 4-0 win over Dundee United at home in the Scottish Premiership, the Englishman remains a player who has become an integral part of Gerrard’s side.
In 14 appearances in the Premiership, the left winger has scored four goals and supplied four assists so far this season, whilst he is averaging 2.9 shots, 2.3 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per game, via WhoScored, which is a pretty impressive return, especially when you consider the fact that he has barely managed to catch a break, having accumulated 1584′ minutes of football in total.
Rangers signed Kent from Liverpool for £7m on a four-year-deal after he impressed in an initial loan spell at Ibrox. Since then, he has bagged 19 times and 19 assists in 95 games for the Gers in all competitions under Gerrard’s tutelage, and club legend Peter Lovenkrands believes he is the best player in Scottish football.
“Kent is the best player in Scottish football this season,” he told the Daily Record.
“No-one is doing what he’s doing right now. He started the season in fantastic form, scoring goals and his end product has got better.
“Every time he gets the ball it looks like Rangers will create or score a goal. When I was on a good run against Celtic, I felt I would score in every game against them.”
It remains to be seen if Kent will be able to repeat his heroics against Aberdeen after scoring the winner against the Dons at the Pittodrie Stadium at the start of the season, but we wouldn’t put it past him if his recent form is anything to go by, as he picked up an assist in the 8-0 thrashing of Hamilton Academical at home before the international break.
Now Wilson must convince him to sign a new contract to ease the pressure on Gerrard before it’s too late. Whilst a tantalising offer from a Premier League club could ultimately prove to be too tempting to ignore, he may also find it difficult to resist a lucrative contract as he was keen to remain in Glasgow in the summer. Get it done, Gers.