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‘May well be a smart move’ – Leeds eye double swoop: Six point opinion

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Leeds United seem to be starting to make moves in the transfer market, as they look to build for another promotion push in the Championship next season.

The latest two players to be linked with the club are Liverpool duo Ryan Kent and Harry Wilson, with Football Insider reporting that the Elland Road side have made enquiries about bringing the two players in on loan for next.

It could be a big move for Leeds if they were to pull it off, and here, we take a more in-depth look at it in our Football League World six-point opinion.

Firstly, why the interest in the duo?

Wilson had an outstanding season on loan at this level with Derby last season, scoring 16 goals – more than any Leeds player this season – to help The Rams reach the play-off final, where they ultimately missed out on promotion at the hands of Aston Villa.

Kent meanwhile spent the season in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers, scoring six goals and providing four assists to help the Ibrox side close the gap on rivals Celtic at the top of Scotland’s football pyramid.

Would Liverpool be open to the pair departing?

You would think so.

Given the success Jurgen Klopp’s side enjoyed last season, it is hard to see the Merseyside club wanting to make too many changes to the starting XI, meaning both Kent and Wilson could struggle for game time at Anfield.

It would make sense therefore to allow the pair to leave, temporarily at least, in order to gain game time elsewhere.

What difference would the pair make to Leeds’ prospects?

Quite possibly a big one.

It seemed at times towards the end of the season as though Leeds were running out of ideas as to how to break down sides in tight games, something which ultimately cost them promotion.

Having two fresh attacking options in Wilson and Kent, could change that for them, particularly with the ability to unlock defences in a matter of moments that Wilson has shown he possesses.

How much would this cost Leeds?

It seems unlikely to be cheap.

Even temporary deals for the pair are expected to cost multi-million-pound loan fees.

That may feel like a big financial risk to take for Leeds, but if it gets them to the Premier League then there will surely be a decent return on that investment, and that is a chance clubs in the Championship are seeming increasingly willing to take.

Will it be easy to convince the pair to come?

It seems as though this will be a big task for Leeds.

It has been claimed that up to ten other clubs across Europe are keen on the pair, with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said to be keen on a permanent move for Kent, while it has been claimed that Wilson only wants a permanent move away from Anfield in the summer.

With that expected to cost up to £25million, you feel it would be a big ask for Leeds to raise them funds and strengthen other area of the squad.

Finally, what does this say about Leeds’ recruitment policy this summer?

It seems as though loans are the order of the day at Elland Road right now.

Already there have been reports linking the Yorkshire club with temporary moves for Wolves winger Helder Costa and Brighton defender Ben White, with Kent and Wilson now appearing to attract similar interest.

Bringing in players with top flight pedigree such as these may well be a smart move, particularly given the impact it has on Aston Villa last season.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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