Leeds United reportedly ended up choosing Eddie Nketiah over Ryan Kent.
Leeds United pounced late in the transfer window to sign striker Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal, bolstering Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking options.
Nketiah signed as rumours about a deal for Liverpool wide man Ryan Kent were swirling, but it was the young striker who arrived rather than the Reds winger.
Kent made his move to Rangers on Monday, heading back to Ibrox permanently after a strong loan spell last season, and details are emerging about Leeds’ thought process.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds had agreed a deal worth £4million rising to £7million for Kent, but abandoned the deal in favour of taking Nketiah on loan.
The reason? Well, Jack Harrison’s early season form showed Leeds that they didn’t need another winger, and preferred to sign a mobile, nippy striker to replace Kemar Roofe.
All things considered, this seems to be an inspired move by Leeds. Yes, Kent impressed in Scotland, but it’s easy to forget that he also struggled to make an impact in the Championship with Bristol City just about 18 months ago.
Leeds have a number of players who can play out wide; Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison, Ezgjan Alioski, Helder Costa and Jack Clarke, whereas they were left with just Patrick Bamford as their sole striker after selling Roofe.
Ignoring a big-money addition in favour of signing an unproven youngster on loan seemed like the ‘cheap’ option for Leeds, and it was certainly bold to make that call.
Yet with Nketiah already scoring three times in all competitions for Leeds and looking like the perfect change of pace to Bamford, the move currently looks like a great decision.
Harrison needs to keep up his form to really justify the move, but with Nketiah firing, Harrison in his best form and Kent getting the move he wanted all along, everybody involved seems to be pretty happy here.