Doing well is the lad, great interview.
On-loan Coventry City star Ryan Kent helped by Liverpool FC heroes Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler
Ryan Kent has already proved that he can run with the ball like Steve McManaman – and now he’s aiming to master the art of left-foot finishing exemplified by Robbie Fowler.
Kent revealed he has received specialist coaching from the two Anfield legends as Liverpool work on developing his massive potential.
And having netted just one goal in his 11 loan appearances at Coventry – a stunning right-foot swerver against Barnsley – he is particularly determined to improve his goals tally.
“I don’t mind playing anywhere along the front three,” he explained, “and I get more goals from the No.10 position. But at the moment I probably prefer playing out on the left, getting the ball, going at players one v one and cutting in on my right to shoot.
“Recently I’ve been playing more on the right but when I cut in my left-foot shooting hasn’t been as good as it has been in the past.
"I’m two-footed but I do prefer shooting with my right because I feel I’ve got more accuracy instead of lashing at it with my left and that’s definitely something I need to work on in training.
“I’ve got a lot of experience around me, especially here at Coventry, back at Liverpool and in the England camp as well. At Liverpool we had ex players coming in – Steve McManaman helped me with my dribbling and Robbie Fowler with my finishing.”
Kent was used as an impact player in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Bradford City, where his electrifying pace spearheaded a late push for the winner, and he accepts that he has to fight for his League One opportunities.
“Coming into a first-team environment I’ve come to terms with the fact that you’re not always going to get your own way,”he said.
“That’s a learning curve, something I’ll have to adjust to and improve – making the right decisions at the right times and picking my moments when to go one v one.
“You always want to play but I didn’t think i had my best game against Gillingham at the weekend. We’ve got a good squad and there are always players who can come in and perform well so there’s never a definite position in the team.
“I like to think I made an impact when I went on at Bradford – we needed to get that energy going forward again and I created a few chances.”
'He's faster than Gareth Bale!' - Alan and Andy on Ryan Kent
Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray has based his tactics this year on the pace of Kent, Adam Armstrong and Jacob Murphy, explaining: “Every successful football team has speed and power in their ranks. It’s something we identified at the start of the season.
“There are time when we have to defend and we have worked hard on keeping shape behind the ball and aware that on the change of possession we can hit back with a real threat of speed going the other way.”
Speaking minutes after Tuesday’s match, Mowbray mused: “It’s an unbelievable sight watching him in full flow – have you ever seen a player travel so fast with the ball?”
And Kent is fully aware of his prime asset, explaining: “The game’s evolving and in the new generation of football you have to be so quick mentally and physically.
“All players seem to be quicker than they were in the past but you see quite a lot of players who are really quick but can’t carry the ball with them.
“I think that’s a good trait of mine to be able to travel with the ball at speed especially something I’m going to work on.”
Kent was never into sprinting (“I used to do athletics when I was younger but I never took it really seriously”) and he has no idea what about his 100m best.
But is it safe to assume the clock would read quick? “Yes,” he smiled, “I would say so...”