Leeds United are not holding back in the transfer window this summer, with big money deals seemingly flying about left, right, and centre.
But it would appear that the Whites do have some limitations when it comes to how they are conducting their business.
According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, the Whites are being put off by Liverpool’s £20 million valuation of winger Harry Wilson.
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, scoring seven times in 31 league outings for the Cherries.
But with Leeds also said to be keen on Rangers winger Ryan Kent this summer – so much so that they could are reportedly preparing a second bid of around £14 million for the Ibrox ace – which one would be the better signing for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
The answer really depends on what kind of player the Argentine is looking for.
As per Wyscout, has Kent attempted 11.23 dribbles per game this season, with a completion rate of 54.1%.
By contrast, Wilson attempted just 3.27 per 90 minutes last term, with a success rate of 49.5%.
This is Kent’s dribble map from Rangers’ 2-0 win over Hamilton at the weekend.
As we can see from the distribution of where he took up possession, he was everywhere, covering every blade of grass and generally being a nuisance.
It’s hard to imagine Bielsa ever turning his nose up at a player like that.
In comparison, the most dribbles Wilson attempted in a game last term was seven, and as we can see from the visual above he doesn’t have the same habit for driving at teams in advanced areas of the field.
Kent is very much a player who can take a game by the scruff of the neck and run with it – Wilson maybe isn’t so much.
But that’s not to say that he isn’t without his obvious merits.
For example, his cross accuracy rate last season was a whole 14.4% higher than Kent’s this term, and when he get is right, as we can see from his cross map against Arsenal, as pictured below, he has a wonderful talent for whipping deliveries into dangerous areas from slightly deeper positions.
That’s not to say that Kent can’t put a ball in, but certainly, as his cross map against Hamilton shows, he has a tendency to get into more advanced positions and has a much lower success rate.
Still, on balance, you would imagine that Bielsa would much prefer to have the hard running directness of Kent over Wilson’s admirable delivery skills.
Factor in that hefty price tag for the Liverpool man and the choice begins to feel like a no-brainer.
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