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Morning Leeds-in for 16 February: Ryan Kent has nice things to say about Heckingbottom

Liverpool winger, currently on loan at Bristol City, credits Heckingbottom for his development last year at Barnsley FC

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Current Bristol City winger Ryan Kent has nothing but positive things to say about his time at Barnsley FC and his time playing under Paul Heckingbottom.

Ryan Kent, the Liverpool winger who is currently on loan at Bristol City after spending a short, unhappy spell loan spell at SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga the first half of this season, played for Heckingbottom last season. About his time playing for Heckingbottom, Kent said, “He was a fantastic manager. That was probably my biggest season so far in terms of development. He really allowed me to go and express myself and I wish him all the best at Leeds.”

Leeds was linked with Kent last summer, so who knows? If Kent liked playing with Heckingbottom, maybe he’ll want to come play at Leeds next season? We can hope anyways. Here’s hoping Kent likes his old boss so much he knocks the ball into his own net for a winning goal.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Former Leeds player Eoghan Stokes has joined Bohemians after appearing that he would sign for their Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers. [Through It All Together]

Is Stuart Dallas really a liability at right back for Leeds? We break down times his performances this season at fullback to figure out if he’s really going to be the difference on Sunday. [Through It All Together]

Olivier Dacourt thinks that the potential of Leeds is “extraordinary” and says that he still follows Leeds after mostly enjoying his spell at Leeds. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

England and English Football Links

Arsenal beat Östersunds FK 3-0 in a match that would have only been remarkable if the Allsvenskan team had gotten a decent result. [The Short Fuse]

Former owner of Portsmouth FC, Sulaiman Al Fahim, has been jailed for stealing the £5 million he used to buy the club from his wife. Another one for the “fit and proper” all-stars. [BBC.com]

World Football Links

AC Milan, unlike the rest of Serie A, took care of business against FC Ludogorets. [AC Milan Offside]

Santos Laguna showed that they will be a factor in the Liga MX championship race by beating Club León by the eye-popping score of 5-1. [FMF State of Mind]

Fresh off of his remarkable speech during the Super Bowl victory parade for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, Jason Kelce has been invited to sit with the Sons of Ben, the supporter group for the Philadelphia Union for the season opener. [Brotherly Game]

Napoli came out flat and lost to RB Leipzig in the Europa League. [The Siren’s Song]