Ryan Kent has told the Echo that he is “hungrier than ever” after making his first competitive start for the club.
“I was overwhelmed to make my debut,” he said.
“It was something I had wanted to do for so long. It was all that hard work paying off. It was a big achievement for myself and my family. I knew it was my chance to show the manager and the fans what I could do.”
Kent started in our 2-2 draw away at Exeter in the FA Cup third round and was an unused sub in the replay.
The debut came as something of a shock for the 19-year-old, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Coventry, a period during which he excelled.
“I needed to go out to play men’s football and to see if I could compete with the demands of the game,” he about his loan.
“Tony Mowbray was a great manager to play for. He was really helpful. He allowed me to go and express myself, so I could show the fans what I could do. Of course there were defensive duties I had to take care of but when I had the ball he gave me a lot of freedom.”
Now he has his sights set on a first Premier League appearance. “I am more hungry than ever because I know how close it is,” he said.
Does Kent deserve an extended crack at the first team? He certainly can’t be any worse than our current first eleven!
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