Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey’s rise to fame has seen a number of English clubs, including the defending champions Chelsea, being linked with the Jamaican footballer in the recent times. The highly-rated winger has all the attributes necessary to make it to the top and here a scout report on a possible move for Bailey to the Premier League in the near future.
Full name – Leon Bailey
Date of birth – 09/08/1997 (age 20)
Born In – Kingston, Jamaica
Height – 1.81m (5ft 11.5in)
Position – Right Winger/ Left Winger
Current Club: Bayer Leverkusen (34 apps/ 11 goals)
National team: Jamaica U-23
Bailey grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and got his first offer from European football at the age of 14 when he went on trial at KRC Genk. He eventually would go on to play for the club making close to 80appearances for them and scoring 16 goals and making 21 assists.
His impressive performances had scouts from Germany shortlist him and Bailey secured a move to Bayer Leverkusen in the 2016-17 transfer window, despite being shown interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.
Bailey has been in hot form this season scoring 11 goals and budding 5 assists. The Jamaican attacker has helped his team to a fourth place in the Bundesliga table and the semi-finals of the German Cup.
After the departure of Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Kevin Kamp and Javier Hernández, the Jamaican has been one of the key attacking components for Leverkusen. A solid left foot paired with blistering pace down the wings has cemented Bailey in the first team of Bayer Leverkusen.
How will he fit in at Chelsea
The Blues are reportedly preparing for a new looking attack with Chelsea ace Eden Hazard having been earmarked by Real Madrid for some time now. Should Hazard leave Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will need a new wide man and Bailey’s profile would fit the billing perfectly with the player’s young age being a crucial factor in the Chelsea hierarchy.
Although the Jamaican speedster would add some much-needed pace and threat in Chelsea’s final third, the player must be careful before signing a deal with the London outfit. The Blues are known for scouting young talent however they are also known for misusing these gifted youngsters and moving them on for a profit margin. It sometimes works out well like the case of Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah but it flops more often than not like Lucas Piazon, Marko Marin and so on.
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