Former England international Darren Bent has admitted Liverpool winger Ryan Kent’s reported move to Leeds United is ‘really surprising’.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that the Whites had submitted a major bid for the player and are hopeful of bringing him to Elland Road. Bent, though, just assumed he’d return to loan club Rangers.
“Yeah, it is really surprising,” he told Football Insider. “I thought he was definitely going to go back to Rangers because it was familiar for him. I kind of thought he knew he was comfortable there, familiar with the surroundings.
“He’s obviously thinking if he opts for Leeds, that’s where he believes he is going to play his best football, he’s seen something in the squad there that he feels he can fit in really well. It’s a massive club with great tradition and he is very exciting, this could be a massive season for them.”
The assumption was, after last season where Kent excelled beyond belief at Ibrox, that he would be heading back to Steven Gerrard’s side on a loan or permanent deal this summer. However, that hasn’t happened, with Jurgen Klopp deciding the time for loans is over. It now appears as if the Glasgow giants have been priced out of a permanent move for the winger, with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds seemingly in position to get the job done instead. Bent is surprised he’s not ended up back in Scotland, and you can’t blame him for that. That seemed to be where this transfer saga was heading. However, Leeds have managed to get a leg-up on Gerrard’s team, and it would be a very good move for the player himself. The Championship is a higher standard of football than the Scottish Premiership, while he’ll likely be getting paid better as well. Plus, in a year he could find himself back in the Premier League. What’s not to like?