With the signing of Madger Gomes, the youth player released by Liverpool, already looking like a brilliant decision after two preseason games, Leeds United reportedly have rekindled interest in another Liverpool Academy product, Ryan Kent. Gomes has not looked out of place with other members of the first team, although he was tipped to be joining the reserves at the time of his signing. He even scored his first goal on his first appearance in the friendly against Harrogate Town. Leeds Director of Football Victor Orta and Head Coach Thomas Christiansen might be wanting to duplicate that success with a loan move for the Liverpool starlet Kent.
Kent spent last season on loan at Yorkshire neighbors Barnsley, and after only making one appearance in the senior side at Liverpool, his future might lie elsewhere besides the red half of Merseyside. Another loan deal might not be ideal, but if Leeds can gain promotion, they could easily offer Kent playing time in the Premier League that Liverpool would be unable to offer.
The 20 year-old Kent was a youth team star for Liverpool, and he spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Coventry City after appearing on the Reds preseason tour of Australia, Thailand, and Malaysia and a token appearance during an FA Cup match for Liverpool in January of 2016 after being recalled from his loan. He appeared 17 times for the Sky Blues and scored one goal.
After spending the summer with Liverpool, he once again headed out on loan last season, and spent the 2016-17 season with Barnsley FC. He once again turned heads while at Barnsley, and it was rumored that Liverpool were interested in signing him to an improved contract to fend off interest from Premier League rivals AFC Bournemouth and Leeds United. He received the Young Player of the Year award from the Tykes, and has all the makings of star player to come out of the Liverpool Academy.
@PhilHayYEP Alan Nixon saying Leeds are in for Ryan Kent on loan, heard anything?— James Benjamin Moore (@jbmoore_90) July 9, 2017
However, Sun football reporter Alan Nixon tweeted out yesterday that Leeds have renewed interest in Kent, but this time as a loan move. With the youth movement in full force, and a renewed interest in developing young players at the club, it is not surprising to see Leeds linked to a young player, but it is a little strange that they would be looking for only a loan deal. Either way, a crazy summer transfer window is shaping up for Leeds United already, and we’ve still got almost two months to go before the window closes and less than a month before the games start for real.