Leeds United have once again been linked with a transfer swoop for Rangers attacker Ryan Kent.
Marcelo Bielsa has clearly followed the career of Ryan Kent closely.
We’ve seemingly been linked with the former Liverpool winger every single transfer window.
However, only since promotion have we seen strong approaches.
As we look ahead, we deliver two pros and two cons of this potential summer transfer…
Pro: He improves us
There’s no denying Kent’s quality in the final third.
Even though he’s been playing in the Scottish Premier League, nine goals and seven assists is a solid return.
On top of that, he’s been performing in Europe too, scoring three and setting up four in the Europa League this term.
That sort of end-product from behind Patrick Bamford would be vital in helping us get to the next level, next season.
Con: Undermines current wingers
Raphinha and Jack Harrison have been ripping it up in their first Premier League season.
We absolutely don’t need to replace either of these players, and signing a player for eight-figures seems like a bit of a slap in the face for these two.
Harrison and Raphinha should be two of the first names on the team sheet, but Kent throws that into doubt.
On top of that, you’ve got Helder Costa waiting in the wings and showing how important he can be off the bench at the moment.
Costa was outstanding at Manchester City last weekend. His performances should be taken into account when we look at summer business.
Pro: Strength in depth
Conversely to the previous point, adding another quality player out wide could be beneficial.
Bielsa doesn’t particularly lean on masses of squad depth, but competition could be healthy between the trio.
Kent would arrived hungry to prove he’s worth starting while Harrison and Raphinha have to prove they should start.
If we’re looking to kick on and challenge for Europe next season, having players of similar quality to come in for others is needed.
At the moment, we’re all sweating over the availability of Raphinha for tonight’s clash with Liverpool.
It’s clear that we’re weaker without him, even if Costa is doing well lately.
Con: We have other areas to address
Due to the stunning performance of the two current wingers, it shouldn’t be a priority to sign Kent.
We desperately need a left-back to start next season, and we need cover for Kalvin Phillips.
Those two positions stand out as much more urgent requirements for this squad right now.
This isn’t to say we can’t do all three of these, but it seems odd to prioritise a luxury signing over necessity.
Kent improves our team, yes, but he wouldn’t improve our team as much as a left-back of first-team quality would.