By Richard Parks
Liverpool winger Ryan Kent has delivered a ringing endorsement of the credentials of new Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom by hailing him as a “fantastic manager”.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Leeds’ Championship rivals Barnsley and ended an impressive campaign by being named the club’s young player of the year.
Left-winger Kent was a mainstay of the Tykes, starting 38 league games among 47 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and supplying three assists.
He believes it was a crucial year in his development and explained how Heckingbottom gave him the licence to utilise his direct running and extreme pace on the flank.
“Yeah, he was a fantastic manager,” said Kent, as quoted by Leeds Live. “That was probably my biggest season so far in terms of development.
“He really allowed me to go and express myself and I wish him all the best at Leeds.”
Kent is currently on loan at Bristol City, his second loan spell of the season after spending the first half of the campaign at Bundesliga outfit Freiburg.
It did not work out for the Oldham-born player in Germany but he has started Bristol City’s last three league matches, supplying two assists in the process.