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Aston Villa Are Leading The Race To Land This Rangers Winger: Good Choice For Gerrard?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

According to United Kingdom bookmakers Sky Bet (via Birmingham Mail), Aston Villa are leading the race to land Rangers winger Ryan Kent. It has been revealed that the Villans are 5/2 favorites to acquire the services of the former Liverpool youngster.

Kent’s Impressive Numbers In Scottish Football This Season

The English wing wizard is having another productive campaign at the Ibrox Stadium as he has been responsible for putting in a string of impressive displays for Rangers over the past few months. Kent has featured in matches for the Glaswegian outfit this season, scoring two goals and providing six assists on all fronts.

The 25-year-old has been a consistent performer in the final third because he is averaging 2.4 shots, 1.3 key passes and 2.1 dribbles per game in the Scottish Premiership. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 88% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Ryan Kent of Rangers looks on as he warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Olympique Lyon at Ibrox Stadium on September 16, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Is Kent A Good Choice For Aston Villa Boss Steven Gerrard?

Kent is a quick and agile winger who can make some dangerous runs with the ball out on the wide areas. He excels at getting his feet sorted to get a shot in at goal and can set up a few promising chances for his teammates in the attacking end of the pitch.

The Oldham-born talent can whip in some inviting crosses into the opposition penalty box and is also quite effective when interchanging possession in the final third.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard knows Kent well from his time with him at the Ibrox. Thus, it makes sense for the Villans head coach to engineer a move to bring him to Villa Park next year.

Kent will add a lot of pace and creativity to the West Midlands club‘s attack. Plus, he could form a lethal attacking partnership with the likes of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings in the coming seasons. With all things considered, Kent will be a good choice for Gerrard to consider when the transfer window reopens in January or at the end of this campaign.

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