By Scott Taylor
Ryan Kent has reportedly emerged as a target for League One side Sheffield United, who want to bring in the Liverpool U21 winger on an emergency loan. Kent, 19, had spent time at Coventry City earlier in the season, where he made 17 appearances scoring just once. However, reports have emerged that Nigel Adkins is keen to bring in the Liverpool winger as they try and make a late push for the play-off places.
Sheffield United are currently 12th in League One, with 48 points from their 34 games. However, they are just four points off sixth-placed Coventry in a closely congested table. The Blades are lacking confidence in front off goal though, and have scored just three goals in their last eight games, so are looking to the loan market for some creativity in the final third.
Even though Kent scored just once in his loan spell at Coventry, it was his performances for Liverpool’s U21 side that led to his first move to the Football League. In just 22 U21 Premier League games for Michael Beale’s side, Kent has scored eight goals, assisting four others, with his latest goal coming in the Reds’ 2-0 victory over Tottenham in January. Kent has also competed in arguably the most prestigious youth tournament in Europe, the UEFA Youth League, alongside teams such as Real Madrid. In six apperances for Neil Critchley’s Liverpool U19s, he scored once and assisted another two goals.
This led to call-ups at youth level for England, where he currently plays for the U20s after scoring two goals in two games for the U18s. He has since gone on to win six games for his country at this level, scoring once.
Kent may freshen up a Sheffield United side who have lost four of their six games, and will be desperate to change their league form as the season enters its final quarter. Should he move to Bramall Lane, it will continue a memorable year for Kent, who made his first-team debut in the 2-2 draw at Exeter in the FA Cup Third Round.
By Scott Taylor