By Scott Taylor
Ryan Kent has completed a season-long loan move from Liverpool to Championship newcomers Barnsley. The winger, 19, was previously on-loan at League One side Coventry City last season, where he made 17 appearances, scoring one goal and providing an assist. After impressing in pre-season for both the first-team and the U23s, Kent put pen to paper on a loan deal to Barnsley.
Kent has been highly-rated by the Academy staff at Kirkby which has seen him rise through the U18s and into the U21s during the 2013/14 season.
The winger has since gone on to make 34 league and cup appearances for Michael Beale’s side, scoring ten goals with eight assists.
His form for the U21s and for Coventry led to his debut for the first-team, where he featured in the 2-2 draw at Exeter in the FA Cup Third Round last season.
Kent had his loan spell from the Sky Blues cut short, much to the disappointment of Coventry fans, and returned to the U21s for the final few months of the season.
The Oldham-born youngster is also an England U20 youth international and has earned six caps for his country, with his only goal coming in the Young Lions’ 2-1 win at Turkey in October 2015.
Kent featured in all four of Liverpool’s pre-season games, but was not included in the squad for the tour of America. He featured in Liverpool U23s’ 4-1 win at Rhyl on Sunday, getting his name on the scoresheet.
The winger joins a Barnsley side who are back in the Championship after their promotion via the League One play-offs and will link up with the Tykes for the duration of the 2016/17 season.