Leeds United should not agree to Liverpool stipulation over Ryan Kent deal

Ryan Kent of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

Leeds United have been linked with Liverpool attacking midfielder Ryan Kent in recent times.

Ryan Kent of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

According to a report in The Sun (print edition; 31st December 2017; page 61), Liverpool are willing to sanction a Ryan Kent’s potential loan move to Leeds United, but they want assurances that he will play.

Kent has already been sent out on one temporary spell this season, but the attacking midfielder barely featured for Freiburg.

Liverpool are keen to avoid that situation arising again, and now want to put a clause in the deal which will encourage Leeds to pick the youngster.

Ryan Kent of Barnsley in action during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Barnsley and Blackpool at Oakwell Stadium on January 17, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

Liverpool are looking at doing a loan deal which will mean that Leeds will have to pay a sizeable fee, if Kent does not play a set number of matches.

That stipulation should put Leeds off pushing through a deal for Kent, as they simply are not that desperate for more attackers.

While there would be no harm in adding another creative influence to Leeds’ side, Kent needs to break into Thomas Christiansen’s plans on merit, not because of a stipulation in his transfer.

Ryan Kent of Liverpool battles for possession with Benat Etxebarria and Eneko Boveda of Athletic Club during the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Aviva...

Leeds already have ample quality in attacking midfield positions in their squad, with Pablo Hernandez, Samu Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski and Kemar Roofe all able to play in those positions.

And it would be a mistake to guarantee Kent playing time, just to make sure he arrives at Elland Road in the coming weeks.

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