Coventry City look set to complete the loan signing of Liverpool’s Ryan Kent, with Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray looking to add reinforcements to his squad following the opening of the loan window, according to the Coventry Telegraph.
Mowbray is looking for a signing who will replace the club’s first choice attacking midfielder James Maddison, who is sidelined with a serious knee injury, and Kent fits the bill.
Kent has slowly risen through the ranks at Liverpool after signing for them aged eight, and was rewarded for his sparkling form for the Reds U18 and U21 sides with a four-and-a-half year professional contract in March.
Despite a troublesome back injury he sustained last season, the exciting winger returned midway through the Reds’ U21 pursuit of the title last season, finishing with four goals and two assists in seven matches.
The Oldham- born winger has also gained some first-team experience at Anfield, making Brendan Rodgers’s squad for the 2015 pre-season tour of Bangkok, Brisbane, Adelaide and Malaysia.
Tony Mowbray had this to say to the Coventry Telegraph about the potential acquisition of the England U20 international yesterday afternoon: “He’s a young player who we have noted an interest with Liverpool. It might have a day or two to run yet but I would be hopeful of trying to close the deal. We’ve watched him for a while and he’s my type of footballer really.”
The former Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion boss also said “He’s a bit whispy but he can come in and do what James isn’t going to be able to do for the next four or five months. He can handle the ball, play off both feet, travel with the ball and play anywhere behind that main striker, so it makes sense.
He’s a young boy who has got a bit of pedigree because you know when they come from a big club that they’ve had a good upbringing. He’s only an 18-year-old boy but we’ve got young boys in the team anyway so we know that if they’re in the right environment they can flourish.”
“Hopefully we can get him in over the next couple of days but there’s a lot of competition for him so let’s wait and see.”
The promising 18-year-old has also made an impression on the international stage, representing England at U18, U19 and U20 level.
Kent could make his debut for the Sky Blues on Saturday, when they travel to Glanford Park to take on Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League One.
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