Noel Whelan has admitted he would love to see Ryan Kent at Leeds United after the winger’s dazzling display for Rangers against Benfica.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, was left raving over the 23-year-old following Thursday night’s thrilling 3-3 draw in Portugal.
Kent, who has started all but one of the Gers’ games this season, won the foul that saw Nicolas Otamendi sent off after just 19 minutes.
As confirmed by Steven Gerrard over the summer transfer window, Rangers rejected a bid from Leeds for the former Liverpool winger.
Whelan has admitted he would still love to make Kent part of the squad at Elland Road but insisted there would be a lot more competition in future transfer windows.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Oh look, he’s one of these players that’s admired by a lot of clubs I’m sure, you know, not just Leeds United – we know we’ve been interested in him for quite a while now.
“He’s got everything there, he seems to be really thriving in his game right now at Rangers and he is a key player to them: pace, power, trickery, everything that a player like Otamendi would not be able to defend against.
“He (Otamendi) doesn’t have that pace, he’s probably the one player that he didn’t want to play up against. When you talk about players like that that can affect a game, he’s done his job, he’s his done his job with his strengths that he has in his armoury.
“He is quick – he’s a player that I would love at Leeds, I really would, but right now I think he’s enjoying too much of his football at Rangers under a fantastic manager that’s getting the best out of him.”
Kent has played a total of 94 times for the Gers since he initially joined the club on loan from Liverpool back in July 2018.