Ryan Kent is reportedly set to exit Fenerbahce after just half a season to join struggling Sheffield United in the Premier League. This marks the 27-year-old’s first football stint outside Great Britain since his 2017-18 loan at Freiburg, as he joined the Yellow Canaries following the expiration of his Rangers contract.
While a key player for Rangers in their Europa League final run and Scottish Premiership triumph in 2021, Kent has faced limited playing time in Turkey. Turkish outlet Milliyet suggests Fenerbahce is ready to part with Kent in the upcoming January transfer window.
The report indicates Sheffield United’s longstanding admiration for the former Rangers winger. To add, the report suggests the Blades did explore the option of bringing in Kent before he eventually penned his move to Turkey in the summer.
Although the Englishman is a winger, he has played several matches in the number 10 role which would give Sheffield United a variety of options in how they can utilise Kent. Paul Heckingbottom has started to deploy a 5-2-3 system over the last couple of games, and it’s clearly having a positive impact on the squad as they’ve picked up four points.
While Oli McBurnie has been out injured Gustavo Hamer and James McAtee have been the ones supporting Cameron Archer, forming a front three. Bringing in someone like Ryan Kent could allow Hamer to drop back into his more natural position of centre-midfield, and Kent taking up a wide number 10 type of role.