Rangers winger Ryan Kent has failed to register a single assist across 17 Premiership appearances for the club since his return from Liverpool on a permanent deal.

The 23-year-old signed on the final day of the summer transfer window for a whopping £7.5 million [Sky Sports], following a loan spell during the 2018/19 campaign.

Kent said a permanent goodbye to Liverpool, opting for a switch to Glasgow. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Most Bears were over the moon with his return. His electric playing style had endeared him to supporters the previous season and many felt he would bring a much-needed spark to the squad.

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Some were wary about the fee, though, especially based on the fact that his stats weren’t that spectacular first time around. During his loan stint, he scored six times and registered nine assists in 43 appearances [Transfermarkt].

It was expected by all, that after the club coughed up their second-largest ever transfer fee to bring him in, there would be a marked improvement in terms of his end product.

In terms of goals scored, things have got better. Kent has already matched his tally from 2018/19, in 18 fewer appearances.

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Kent celebrates his excellent goal during the December win at Parkhead. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, unless you’re truly prolific, chipping in with goals isn’t enough for a winger or supplementary attacker. There’s a responsibility on him to create, to work magic and to set up his teammates.

 

The lack of results in that area is the real concern.

His struggles in the defeat to Killie in midweek ensured he is still without a single assist in 17 league appearances since his move [Transfermarkt]. That’s no assists in 1259 minutes of action, while Greg Stewart has three in 363.

That’s a wretched stat.

Kent has struggled to create since his return to Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Two in the Europa League, one in the Scottish Cup – against Hamilton last weekend – and one in the League Cup, takes him to an overall tally of four in 25 outings.

For a player who is one of the first names on Gerrard’s team sheet week in, week out, that’s simply not good enough.

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