Leeds United: Victor Orta made a mistake by not bringing Ryan Kent to the club

Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United have enjoyed and endured one of the most incredible starts to a Premier League campaign we have ever witnessed.

The Yorkshire side spent 16 years outside the top-flight and it appears as though they’re making up for lost time.

They were defeated and then won their opening two games by a scoreline of 4-3 and then they also drew impressively with Manchester City.

One thing was for certain when Leeds came up – entertainment. With Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, there is never a dull moment and that has been proven in the top-flight.

His team have played lung-busting pressing football, as they did in the Championship, and they have had no trouble scoring goals.

The main concern at the moment, however, is their knack of conceding. They have now shipped eight in their last two matches and the need for Diego Llorente’s return to fitness has never been so needed. 

United missed out on the signing of Ben White in the summer and his absence has played a large role in the number of goals Leeds have conceded. Combine that with a new division and it was always going to be tough for Bielsa’s men.

Crystal Palace vs Leeds United

You can’t say there’s a lack of fight, though. This Leeds team have overcome numerous difficulties to get to where they are now but they have had to rely on a few individuals to dig them out of holes.

Mateusz Klich started the campaign in vibrant form while Patrick Bamford has been a man possessed in the Premier League.

He received widespread criticism for his inability to hit the back of the net on a consistent basis in the Championship but the Leeds striker currently has seven strikes in eight games this season.

It has been a marked improvement from the 27-year-old, but he now needs other contributors. 

Helder Costa and Klich are the Whites’ joint second-top scorers on just two apiece while Jack Harrison has a solitary goal to his tally for the season.

Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling

As for £17m signing Raphinha, he is yet to find the back of the net. Of course, there is still plenty of time for improvement, but right now it looks as though they’re missing a certain Ryan Kent.

The winger is currently at Rangers but Leeds have had two bites of the cherry at signing the Englishman.

Back in 2019, Victor Orta had a decision to make. He had agreed a fee with Steven Gerrard to bring Kent to Elland Road but Leeds pulled out and decided to use the funds to seal a loan deal for Eddie Nketiah instead. 

They then returned for the 24-year-old this summer but had a £10m bid knocked back. Reports claimed that Kent had a £20m release clause and thus, Orta decided to sign Raphinha as an alternative.

Unfortunately, his failure to bring the tricky winger to Yorkshire is looking like a bad one. 

Leeds winger comparison with Ryan Kent

Kent is currently in the form of his life and his performances this season have already seen him touted with an England call-up at some stage.

From 19 outings, the former Liverpool forward has five goals and six assists. He is a man held in high esteem by his manager, Gerrard.

The Rangers boss noted earlier this term: “Ryan Kent has been top class and hasn’t let any noise affect him, he is scoring goals and looking very dangerous. He is really taking it to opposition teams and he’s settled and enjoying his football.” 

That noise Gerrard refers to were the rumours linking him with a switch to Leeds just a matter of months ago. 

Ryan Kent at Rangers

As the stats indicate, he is a better player than Costa, Harrison and Raphinha have proved this season. 

It’s important to make the point that the SPFL is behind the Premier League, but it’s clear to see he offers so much in the final third. 

Orta needs to make a third attempt to sign Kent in January. 

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