Should Barnsley attempt to sign Ryan Kent permanently to ward off Leeds United?

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom celebrates at the end of the match

The 20-year-old is on loan at Barnsley from Liverpool and, judging by his performances at Oakwell, he could be worth keeping around.

On the back of a traumatic transfer window which ripped a hole through Paul Heckingbottom’s overachieving squad, the Sun’s page 63 report on February 5 that Yorkshire rivals Leeds United are considering a summer swoop for on-loan winger Ryan Kent is the last piece of news Barnsley fans wanted to wake up to.

The 20-year-old, signed on a season-long deal from Liverpool in July, has enjoyed an impressive campaign at Oakwell, his jinking runs from the wing helping the Tykes rise into the top half of the Championship after their promotion from League One.

However, the Sun claims that Leeds, put to the sword by Kent in an eye-catching performance in Barnsley’s 3-2 triumph last month, are preparing to offer Liverpool £2.5 million for his services on a permanent basis.

Queens Park Rangers' Jake Bidwell and Barnsley's Ryan Kent in action

And you could see why Kent would be tempted to make the short trek across Yorkshire, regardless of which division the rapidly progressing Leeds find themselves in next season.

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Although, offering him the opportunity to prove himself on a weekly basis, Kent could do worse than to reward Barnsley’s belief. The England under-20 international has started 27 Championship games this season and such a tally would appear unlikely in a Leeds side blessed with a number of options in the wide positions.

Conor Hourihane (C) celebrates with Andy Yiadom (L) and Ryan Kent after scoring the second goal for Barnsley

Furthermore with Conor Hourihane, James Bree and Sam Winnall all departing in January while Marc Roberts and Marley Watkins are expected to follow in their footsteps at the end of the season, Barnsley will surely have funds spare to reinvest in a fragmented squad.

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And, in Kent, they can almost guarantee value for their money if his debut campaign is anything to go by.

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