Ryan Kent’s performance for Rangers in their latest impressive Europa League clash has left one pundit wondering why Liverpool let him go.
Ex-Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Glasgow club’s second-most expensive signing was blown away by his attacking zest in the 2-2 draw against Feyenoord last night.
The winger, who turned 23 earlier this month, has had a stop-start campaign following his protracted £7.5million transfer, partly due to a hamstring injury sustained in his comeback match.
But Kent is starting to get back to his best and look every inch a player capable of making a big impact not only in Scotland but also in Europe.
He followed up his wonder goal against Hamilton last weekend with an outstanding performance in Holland as Rangers stayed on course for a spot in the Europa League knockout stages.
“Ryan Kent is an amazing talent,” Whelan told Football Insider. “You watch him on the ball – his mobility, ball manipulation, creativity – he can cause top teams big problems.
“He wants the ball, he wants to take on defenders and drive into space. He loves the big occasion and playing in front of huge crowds.
“You can see why Rangers spent £7.5million on him. The more I see of him, the more that looks a great deal.
“You watch him and you’re even thinking, ‘why is he still not at Liverpool?’ I know they have world-class attackers and he’s not at the level of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, but he’s young and improving.
“Credit to Rangers for paying the money for him. Obviously, Stevie Gerrard was key to that. They’ve got a top player on their hands if he listens to his manager.”
Kent provided the assist for the first of Alfredo Morelos’ headed goals against Feyenoord as his season, in which he has been reduced to seven starts among nine appearances, starts to take shape.
He spent last season on loan at Ibrox, which ended with him claiming the Scottish young player of the year award, before he signed permanently on deadline day in the summer.