Leeds United: Ryan Kent deal could result in Elland Road future exits
Leeds United have been long-time admirers of Rangers’ Ryan Kent and yet again speculation has resurfaced over a potential move for the soon-to-be free agent.
The Sunday Mirror reported via their print edition (page 71) that the 25-year-old will refuse new terms at Ibrox and leave the club with Leeds and Aston Villa both vying for his services.
If and when Kent does leave Rangers, Leeds will be looking to bring him to Elland Road with the speculation never really going away over the past couple of years. However, if Kent does make the move to Yorkshire, what will that mean for the club’s current attackers?
Jack Harrison is a player who operates in a similar role to Kent and was subject to plenty of transfer interest over the course of the summer. 90min revealed that Leeds are looking to tie Harrison down to a new deal, with Newcastle still interested in his services.
The Elland Road faithful will be hoping that the interest in Kent is not linked to their star man leaving anytime soon, particularly after the start of the season he’s had and at this moment it seems unlikely with no team close to Harrison’s valuation.
Crysencio Summerville only signed a new deal in August, so a permanent exit is certainly off the cards, should Kent arrive at the club next summer. However, the Rangers man would more than likely move ahead of the 20-year-old in the pecking order, purely due to his experience.
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Summerville has only played three times in the 2022/23 season, with only 48 minutes in the Premier League. He could also benefit from more regular football at an important time in his career and Kent’s arrival could allow for Marsch to sanction a temporary exit for the Dutchman.
Sam Greenwood is another player who has had limited gametime in this campaign with only 28 minutes of Premier League football played thus far. If another more experienced attacker does arrive at the club, he’s a player that could benefit from more regular football out on loan.
Ultimately, we all want our youngsters to succeed at Elland Road, but there is a food chain in football and if a high-quality, and a more experienced player does arrive at the club then Leeds’ youth products will be pushed down the pecking order.
In other Leeds United news, Adam Forshaw has shared how Marsch tore into one player in front of everyone at traning.