What Will Ryan Kent Bring To Hull City?
Hull City, desperate for reinforcements, are keen on bringing Liverpool winger Ryan Kent to the KCOM Stadium on loan for the forthcoming Championship season, though they face stiff competition from Leeds.
Kent played all 46 games for Barnsley in this division last season, starting 38 of them, and was a real bright spark in an otherwise ordinary campaign for the South Yorkshire side. His 4 goals, single assist, and an 80% pass completion rate mark him out as one of the better wingers at this level and he will surely improve again this term.
Although right-footed, Kent started the majority of his games (25) on the left and does his best work out there. He gives the ball away a couple of times per game on average, but at this age, it is something that he will get better at, as every week passes. So there aren’t too many worries there.
His stat of 1.5 key passes per game last season at Barnsley can only get better too, especially if he plays his football in a team which has more possession. He gets puts in one cross per game too and would be a great supply line for Hull’s strikers in this league.
Having only played 17 first team games prior to last season, those being in League One with Coventry in 2016, Kent is still a work in progress but is seriously considered to be a Premier League attacker for the future and so Hull could be getting a real diamond.
Kent is not averse to playing up front or as a second striker either and definitely, knows how to finish his chances. His goal output will certainly improve next season and of that, I have no doubt. It’s something that is backed up by his international record.
Playing 8 times for England’s under-18’s and under-20’s, Kent has netted 3 times already from out wide and is clearly not shy in front of goal.
Despite looking slightly better placed at present to compete, Leeds already have a few wingers at their disposal and Kent could perhaps find himself on the sidelines a little more at Elland Road. Hull, on the other hand, really need him and given his record, it’s clear that he thrives on having plenty of game time in what is a fast and competitive league.
It’s far from beyond the realms of possibility for us to see Ryan Kent in the England team within a couple of years. So while he is admittedly very roar, he would make an excellent acquisition for the Tigers right now.