Unless you live under a rock, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Ryan Kent’s form has dipped considerably in recent weeks.
Kent has scored six times in the Scottish Premiership for Glasgow Rangers this season thus far but is yet to find the back of the net since the 5-0 win over Ross County – and that was his first goal after a run of nine league games without one.
Following the arrival of Scott Wright in the January transfer window, the stakes have arguably never been higher for Kent. His goal-scoring record at the very least falls well below expectations.
One goal since the start of the new year simply isn’t good enough, but he isn’t entirely to blame for some of the criticism coming his way.
At the moment the 24-year-old looks like a player who is in desperate need of a rest, having featured in 38 games in all competitions already, and missing just two of Rangers’ fixtures. His confidence has been shot to pieces and as a result he has lost his finishing touch in front of goal.
Unfortunately for Kent, Gerrard’s relative lack of options mean it’s unlikely he will be able to catch a break anytime soon as Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe are coming back from suspension.
However, it’s easy to forget Kent is still only 24 – he hasn’t hit the prime of his career yet. Gerrard has been working with the £7.2m-rated Kent for a number of years now but he’s already changed his mind about what he wants from the former Liverpool man.
When he scored four goals in his first seven games this season he had already established himself as the club’s first-choice left-winger, having scored seven goals in 21 Premiership appearances in the previous season.
But the Ibrox boss has shifted him to an unfamiliar role as an inside-left forward in recent weeks, which is ultimately where the problem lies as it’s no surprise that the goals have started to dry up.
Having spent much of the past few games playing out of position, it’s about time Kent is restored to his best position that gets the best out of him, as a left-winger with either Morelos or Roofe through the middle and Ianis Hagi on the right. It really is that simple.
Described as “top-class” by his manager earlier this season, Kent’s revival could begin with a little tactical tweak.
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