Aston Villa opinion: Villans in for Ryan Kent – Good move?
According to a report in the Sun, Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, who was plying his trade at Rangers up until the end of the Scottish season, is a transfer target for Premier League’s new boys Aston Villa.
The Villains won their playoff final against Derby County to join Norwich City and Sheffield United into England’s big-ticket league. They were actually linked with Kent before the game and were ready to make a move irrespective of the result at Wembley. (h/t Sun)
Boss Dean Smith likes the player and wants to add him into his squad ahead of next season (h/t Sun). A move with a fee around £10m could be completed, with Villa now having the luxury of providing top-flight football. (h/t Sun)
The club is expected to make an offer to Liverpool any time now, with more funds into their kitty after that playoff final victory (h/t Sun). Rangers are also in the race to have the winger on a permanent basis at Ibrox. (h/t Sun)
It would now be down to the player to make the final decision (h/t Sun), however, a chance to play in the Premier League football may just be more attractive.
Here’s why Aston Villa are doing the right thing by splashing the case on Ryan Kent:
With Kent added, Villa would have more threat in wide areas
Ryan Kent is a quality winger, who can play on either side and can also operate as a number 10 behind the striker if needed. Despite getting his campaign dented with few injuries at Rangers, the 22-year-old managed to score six goals and supply four assists in 27 league appearances.
In terms of his qualities, the Liverpool youngster possesses great pace, direct running abilities with the ball, fantastic dribbling skills and is very good at delivering the final ball into the box on most occasions.
The only glitch to his game is the lack of game awareness and tracking back off the ball. He is still only 22 and may learn in due course of time to help the team defensively. If he wants to play Premier League football, then that is a necessity.
Aston Villa have some decent options in wide areas, but they are either not consistent enough or do not possess a threat that can challenge top-flight defenders.
For that reason, making a bid for someone like Kent is the right decision. If he arrives, then the 22-year-old can add more direct attacking threat to this Villa team, which would really be helpful.
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Hence, it is a no-brainer for Dean Smith’s side to do everything and sign the Liverpool winger this summer.