If one of the latest reports is to be believed, Championship outfit Middlesbrough are monitoring Liverpool’s promising youngster Ryan Kent. The 20-year-old, who has impressed during the pre-season friendly games, is a subject of interest from a host of Championship clubs including Birmingham City, Hull City, Derby County and Leeds United, who are interested to secure his services this summer.
The Smoggies have been very busy in their recruitments, having already bought the likes of Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher, Jonny Howson and Darren Randolph, but apparently, their new manager, Garry Monk is still aiming to tighten the screws further. Even with the side Monk has at this stroke of the hour, Middlesbrough would enter the new season as one of the favourites to clinch a promotion, and someone like Kent would strengthen the likelihood further.
Kent emerged through the youth ranks of Liverpool but is yet to carve a strong footing for himself in the senior side of the eighteen-time English top tier champions. In the last two seasons, the Englishman has been able to brush himself adequately, courtesy to his loan spells with Coventry City and Barnsley, which helped him in the process. Owing to the calibre he showed, Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to sell him and thus, a loan spell might be on the cards which would enable Klopp is pencilling his developments and to see if he is good enough for the Reds.
Kent is one of the hottest properties in English football and is undoubtedly a modern-day winger. The youngster is two-footed, and this makes him a good crosser of the ball. He thrives on pace, has that cutting edge with the trickery which he puts on display time and again and his dribbling skills are simply exemplary. Besides, he has also shown during the last season in the English second division as to how good he is in creating adequate space for himself as well as for his teammates and is versatile enough to ply his trade on either wing.
One of the drawbacks which is needed to be mentioned about Kent is that he lacks the requisite end product. To get into the tactical nous of the former Borussia Dortmund manager, he has to bang goals and bag assists to his name. With a move to the Riverside Stadium, the blossoming starlet with undoubtedly get the chance to accumulate the much-needed game time under his belt and help Boro in their aspirations of gaining an immediate promotion.