Date: 6th August 2019 at 12:58pm
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Phil Hay confirmed that Leeds are looking towards Ryan Kent as a replacement for Kemar Roofe during a Q&A session with The Athletic, as his move to Anderlecht looks set to be imminently confirmed.

It’s been no secret that the Yorkshire club wanted to sign Kent this summer, but the fact he is being brought in at this point of the window is baffling.

Leeds have already signed multiple wingers as deals have been struck this summer for Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Jack Clarke.

With Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez already at the club, it’s fair to say that the wings are slightly oversaturated, yet Bielsa still wants Kent.

Hay suggested in his Q&A that the winger could be moulded to play centrally, but with so much at stake this season why would Bielsa risk something like that?

He’s about to lose his top scorer to Anderlecht, yet he wants to sign a winger who has netted just three goals in 54 Championship appearances during spells on loan at Barnsley and Bristol City.

It’s a simple trade-off really. In losing Roofe they’ve lost a lot of goals, in signing Kent they haven’t replaced those strikes.

It now seems likely that Leeds will head into this season with Patrick Bamford as their only accomplished number nine.

The former Boro striker does have what it takes to make a real impact up top, but his history of injuries may see Leeds light up top at points this season.

Having to call on a winger whose goalscoring record is rather lacklustre as your backup striker isn’t the best formula for promotion, and Leeds should be looking to bring in a more established marksman rather than hoping Bielsa can work his magic on Kent.


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