Leeds United: Steven Gerrard and Ryan Kent could reunite at Elland Road if club have their way
Leeds United are on the hunt for a new manager once again after it was confirmed that Sam Allardyce won’t be staying on in the Championship next season.
Allardyce was the fourth manager Elland Road have seen since the start of the 2022/23 season after Jesse Marsch, Michael Skubala and Javi Gracia, yet the 2023/24 campaign will see yet another man in the hot seat.
A report from The Telegraph (2 June) claimed that the Whites have got three men on their shortlist, and all have got previous experience either in the Championship or the Premier League.
The man that seems to be the front-runner is former Rangers and Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard, with the report saying that he is interested in taking the job and is on CEO Angus Kinnear’s list.
But while there would likely be plenty of pros and cons to bringing him into the club, one positive not being mentioned is the benefit he could have in the transfer market.
When he went to Aston Villa he used his connections to convince Philippe Coutinho to move to the Midlands from Barcelona, and while the deal didn’t end up working out in the long-term it was still an incredibly impressive coup at the time.
The same can be said of when he initially went to Rangers, taking a young Ryan Kent on loan from Liverpool to Glasgow.
He turned Kent into one of the best attackers in the country during their time together at Ibrox and they won the Scottish Premiership title together before Gerrard left for Villa Park.
Kent is now set to become a free agent after his Rangers deal expired, and it’s not believed that he has signed anywhere yet for next season despite strong links to Fenerbahce.
So if Gerrard walked in the door at Thorp Arch, who is to say he couldn’t convince Kent to follow him once again and finally come in to Elland Road after years of persistent links and interest?
With plenty of players expected to leave the club this summer, it’s being overlooked that they will need to be replaced with quality otherwise the chances of promotion greatly decrease.
It could be a match made in heaven for Leeds, and could kill two birds with one stone if it works out.
In other Leeds news, this £25m man is set to stay at the club and play in the Championship.