Sunday, 24 June 2018

Do Rangers need Liverpool winger?

Article by: Richard

Oldham born 21-year-old Ryan Kent is currently signed to Liverpool and can play on either wing. He is very highly rated by the Anfield management team and they are anxious to send him out this season to as good a club as they can find, to give him the experience of playing at a higher standard level than their U23’s side.

He is a former England youth international, having previously represented his nation at U18 and U20 levels.

After many impressive appearances of the 2014–15 campaign playing on the wing for the youth team, his performances were rewarded when he signed a new long term lucrative contract to keep him at Liverpool until the summer of 2019.

He was named in Liverpool's 30-man squad for their tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia
for their 2015 pre-season tour. What an honour for a young 18-year-old youth player to earn!

On 17 July 2015, Ryan made his first-team debut against Australian side Brisbane Roar and was given a first-team squad number. Astounding progress for someone so young to break into that standard of Liverpool squad.

The young Reds winger was making a great reputation at the club and the Anfield side started to receive numerous offers to take Kent on loan after the player had impressed so much in the pre-season tour.

18-year-old Ryan eventually joined Coventry in September 2015 on a youth loan deal for four months until 16 January 2016. He played in 17 games, scored 1 goal and wore the no.40 shirt
for the loan club.

On 5 January 2016, J├╝rgen Klopp gave him his first-team competitive debut against Exeter City in an away FA Cup match. The game ended 2–2 with young Ryan impressing his German boss.

On 26 July 2016, Kent signed a 1-year loan deal with Barnsley to play in the Championship. The deal included a clause requiring him to play in at least 75% of their games.

This turned out to be no problem at Barnsley as he featured in 47 of their games, scored 3 goals and had loads of assists, especially when Ryan went on to win Barnsley's prestigious Young Player of the Year award.

Back in Merseyside for pre-season training, Ryan put in more impressive performances leading to speculation that Kent would probably be asked to stay with the first-team setup for the 2017-18 season. On 11 August 2017, he signed a new five-year deal to keep him until 2022.

On 31 August 2017, Klopp decided to send Ryan to Germany on loan to Freiburg on a 1-year-loan-deal for the 2017/18 season.

After six first team appearances the deal was mutually terminated due to Ryan not getting enough first team game time.

Offers from Barnsley, Derby, Leeds and Middlesborough came in, but Klopp thought that Bristol City in the Championship would be best for him. A financial penalty was added to the 4-month-deal that would only apply if he didn’t feature in enough first team games.

He played in 11 of the Robins games and managed to notch up several assists during this short period. After failing to impress the manager Lee Johnson, Kent was left out of the match day squad for the last six games of the season.

Kent has to show his true quality this coming season to whatever loan team Klopp chooses. Apart from Rangers’ interest in bringing Kent to Ibrox, Leeds, Blackburn and Wigan are other clubs vying for his services on a 1-year loan.

The Liverpool winger definitely possesses the pace and trickery to cause most defences a lot of problems and he could still turn out to be a very smart acquisition for Rangers, but only if he can recapture the form he produced before he moved to Germany.

The light blues have the added advantage over the opposing teams for Ryan’s signature with the attraction of having Stevie Gerrard as his manager. Plus, the added bonus of having the top class ex-Liverpool coaching staff, who are already in place at Ibrox.

Ibrox Noise has supplied you with all the facts, do you want to bring him to Rangers?

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