Yesterday evening, Barnsley added Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent to our ranks for the coming Championship season.
The highly rated young midfielder arrived on a season long loan spell from the Anfield outfit, and he is an England Under 20 international.
Coming through Liverpool’s Academy, 19 year old Kent is capable of playing on the left or right flanks and having had a good Under 21 campaign in 2014/15, he was called up to the first team squad for their summer tour of Bangkok, Brisbane, Adelaide and Malaysia.
With a growing stock he also found himself out on loan with Coventry City last year where he took in 17 appearances and scored his maiden professional goal in November – against us!
His performances earned him a recall under Jurgen Klopp and he went on to make his senior Liverpool bow in their FA Cup third round tie against Exeter City.
Speaking to the Official Site after signing his loan terms with us, Kent explained.
‘I`m delighted to sign for Barnsley, I am really looking forward to what the season holds for me. I have spoken to Paul Heckingbottom quite a lot over the last few weeks about how I am going to fit into the team and how we are looking to play this season. I feel I can bring a lot of excitement to the team, I can play on either side of the wing or behind the striker, I`m really lucky to be gifted with both feet which helps my game out a lot. I have a lot of speed and flair so I am looking forward to playing with the other players, hopefully we can build a good chemistry and get some good wins.’
Hecky himself said of the capture.
‘We first enquired about Ryan last summer and we`ve continually monitored his progress, so I`m absolutely delighted to have him as part of our squad for next season. We saw a lot of him last season and he made a huge impression at Coventry. Playing out on either wing, he is fearless, and loves to take on his man and get balls into the box. Not only that, he can finish – as we saw against us at the Ricoh Arena last season!’
‘He`s one of the most highly rated youngsters in the country and now he has a great opportunity to step up and show us what he can do in the Championship. We beat off a number of Championship clubs to secure his signature which is testament to us as a Club and our ability to nurture up and coming talent. I`m very grateful to Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool for allowing Ryan to continue his development with us here at Barnsley and I`m really excited about seeing him in action.’