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Aston Villa Showing Interest In This Bundesliga Winger: Right Choice For The Villans?

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In a recent report, Sky Sports News revealed that Aston Villa are showing interest in Bayer 04 Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey this summer. It is believed that the Villans have identified the Jamaica international as one of their targets for this summer transfer window (via Sky Sports News).

Bailey’s Impressive Numbers At BayArena Last Season

Bailey enjoyed a rich vein of form for the German outfit last season when he put in several impressive displays for them down the right flank. The 23-year-old banged in 15 goals and provided 11 assists in 40 matches for Leverkusen in the previous campaign in all competitions.

The Kingston-born winger was a consistent performer at the BayArena based on his average of 1.9 shots, 1.6 key passes, 1.3 crosses and 2.5 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga. He even distributed the ball relatively well in the opponent’s half after making 78.1% of his attempted passes in the German top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Bailey is slowly transforming himself into a top performer in German football, so it would be a massive coup for the Villans if they can figure out a way to bring him to Villa Park in this off-season. As long as the Jamaican attacker can stay injury-free, he will be in for a very bright future in European football.

Aston Villa showing interest in Leon Bailey who is seen in the photo
July 16, 2021: Jamaica forward LEON BAILEY 7 reacts as the clock runs out during the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Guadeloupe vs Jamaica soccer match at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fl on July 16, 2021. – ZUMAk149 20210716_zsp_k149_081 Copyright: xCoryxKnowltonx

Will Bailey Be The Right Choice For The Villans This Summer?

Bailey can use his electric pace and agility to get the better of his marker in the final third. He is an excellent dribbler with the ball at his feet and can shoot the ball with precision from long range. The nine-time Jamaica international added plenty of goals and assists to his game last season, which makes him an exciting option for Aston Villa boss Dean Smith to pursue during this summer transfer period. He is primarily a right-sided wide player but can also operate down the left flank or function as a striker down the middle if needed.

Bailey will inject a lot of goals and creativity into the Villans attack and is good enough to rival Bertrand Traoré for a regular place in Smith’s first XI next season. He could also help the West Midlands outfit compete for one of the European spots in the Premier League over the next few seasons.

At 23, Bailey is about to enter the peak stage of his young career, so Smith can expect to make the most out of his talents in the coming seasons if he can get a deal done for the Leverkusen star this summer. All in all, the Bundesliga wide player will be a great choice for the Villans to consider before the start of the new campaign.

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