Sunday, 9 June 2019

£20M announcement will leave Rangers cold

If one thing has become clear over today’s news on Liverpool’s Harry Wilson, it’s that Ryan Kent’s valuation has become understandable, but not acceptable.

The press down south claim Liverpool have put a £20M+ price tag on the Derby County loanee, while one barely half of that was put on Kent.

Now, this raises some peculiar questions;

Wilson scored 18 times for Derby, at arguably a higher level than Kent – playing in the same position albeit the opposite side. He also managed six assists, three less than Kent but the combined pair, of 24, clearly is vastly superior to Kent’s overall 15.

Liverpool are said to want the £10M+ for Kent, but for the value for money the player would give us, his numbers don’t justify it.

Wilson’s do – 24 goals and assists in the Championship having been equally as remarkable the previous season with Hull (24 in 26, yes, really) if not more so, proves this kid is the real deal and a circa £22M price tag puts him out of Rangers’ reach for sure – even though the press farcically linked Gerrard with an interest.

Wilson himself rejected Rangers as a loan last summer – he chose Lampard’s Derby over Gerrard’s Rangers and now Liverpool stand to make a fortune from him, just like they will from Kent.

But let’s not beat about the bush – while Wilson’s numbers have, for the past two seasons, been outstanding, Kent’s haven’t, and Jordan Jones and Greg Docherty are already worthy replacements as far as Rangers go.

This isn’t a diss on Kent – but he either comes back to Rangers for a modest transfer fee or as a loan - and those aren’t happening.

So, good luck at Villa, we guess!

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