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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa may feel satisfied with his summer transfer business, with the Whites enjoying an unbeaten start to the season, but in the long run they could potentially regret not adding more players to their ranks.
One player the Whites were keen on, is Liverpool winger Ryan Kent who they offered £5m for in instalments before the transfer window closed, but this was rejected by the Reds, as they value the 22-year-old at twice that value, as reported in the print edition of The Sun (August 11, Page 59).
So were Leeds right to only offer £5m for Kent, or should they have pushed the boat and offered more to land the highly-rated attacker?
“Fairplay to Orta and co here.
“Leeds could have easily broke the bank to land the talented Liverpool player, but they stuck to their principles and were not pushed too hard to fork out a hefty fee.
“There is no denying that Kent would have been a top addition for the Whites, he showcased just how influential he can be last season at Rangers, and with Leeds not exactly blessed with an abundance of depth, he would have been a welcome addition.
“But with it clear that Leeds need to curb the spending somewhat after Jansson’s departure, anything over £5m could have been in conflict with FFP regulations.
“A loan deal would have been the ideal scenario here, but it appeared the Reds only wanted to sell.”
“I think it is completely fair.
“Kent was impressive on loan at Rangers last season, scoring six times and providing nine assists in 43 appearances, but has struggled in previous seasons in the Championship.
“The 22-year-old seems to have a bright future but that doesn’t mean Leeds should be looking to break the bank for him.
“Considering they had already added three wingers to the senior squad, Jack Harrison, Jack Clarke and Helder Costa, I’m not sure Kent was an entirely necessary addition.
“It is understandable that Leeds wanted to stick by their principles and not be held to ransom, but a player like Ryan Kent could have made a massive difference to the side over the course of the season.
“He has real quality and is always improving. He would have added more creativity to the midfield and provided a spark which would take some responsibility away from Pablo Hernandez to create and provide chances.
“Added to that, although it would be an expensive outlay to bring him in, his transfer fee would be repaid not only through his performances, but by his transfer value increasing, as in a few months/years he could easily be worth a lot more, and Leeds could see it as an opportunity missed.
“If the club aims to get into the Premier League then signings such as Kent are almost a necessity, and the financial rewards of promotion are worth the risk of spending a few extra million on a player who can aid a promotion campaign significantly.”