Alex Bruce has disputed Kris Boyd’s claims that Ryan Kent has not provided good value for money for Rangers so far this season.
Writing in a column for the Scottish Sun over the weekend, the former Ibrox hitman suggested that the wide man has struggled to live up to the billing of his £7 million price tag.
But Bruce is inclined to disagree with the pundit’s statement.
Speaking to Football Insider, when asked if Kent was worth £7 million, the former Kilmarnock defender said: “In today’s market, definitely, yeah, definitely.
“He’s a livewire, good dribbler, busy, runs around, creates goals, scores goals, good player.
“Very good with the ball at his feet, moves the ball quickly, can twist and turn and get himself out of tight situations and unravel defences with his ability.”
Is Bruce right about Kent?
There really are two sides to this.
On the one hand, examining Kent’s body of work in Glasgow holistically, £7 million looks like a decent price for him.
This is a player who lit up the Scottish Premiership last season, so much so that he was awarded the PFA’s Young Player of the Year gong.
That being said, will Rangers have been hoping to get more out of him than he has offered so far this season? Almost certainly, yes.
Aside from having six goals and four assists to his name, the winger perhaps hasn’t been up to the high standards that he set for himself last term.
Only 51.4% of his attempted dribbles this term have turned out successful, while less than 30% of his crosses find the right man, as per Wyscout.
Factor in an expected goals rating of just 0.15 per game, and it’s clear that Kent could do more to pose a consistent threat for the Gers.
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