It was announced on Saturday afternoon that Aston Villa and Bayer Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jamaica international Leon Bailey subject to the player completing a medical and finalising personal terms.
A deal to sign the talented winger could be finalised by early next week, according toThe Athletic, who also report that Dean Smith’s side will spend in the region of £30 million on Bailey’s services. So what are they getting for their money?
Based on his performances in the Bundesliga last season, where he scored nine goals and assisted eight times, the pacey 23-year-old will likely play in the right-wing position at Villa Park alongside the likes of Ollie Watkins and Emi Buendia.
|Image credit: PA
|Image credit: PA
Whether fellow attacker Jack Grealish, who has been linked with a £100 million move to Manchester City in recent days, will be joined by Bailey in the first-team next season remains to be seen but Villa fans will no doubt be excited by this latest addition.
The former Genk forward, who has made 10 appearances for Jamaica since his debut in 2019, has showcased his incredible speed throughout his time in the Bundesliga and, combine that with an impressive set of skill moves, we expect to see fireworks.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching Bailey in years gone by, then check out this.
Leon Bailey Skills Show – Mas Que Nada pic.twitter.com/h0jIOaCp9j
— George (@BarronAVFC1) July 27, 2021
Leon Bailey is a star! 💫
Get excited Aston Villa fans 🤩pic.twitter.com/3XCDtv48Nz
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 31, 2021
Perhaps one of his best goals for Leverkusen came in January 2018, when he pulled off a quite sublime backheel finish against Hoffenheim. After receiving the ball from the right-wing, Bailey turned his back to goal and scored with an audacious finish.
Leon Bailey is doing some ridiculous things this season 🙌
The latest? A 12-yard backheel goal 😮👏 pic.twitter.com/OUIsM8r6w5
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 20, 2018
In fact, in the space of a few days, Bailey’s reputation went through the roof when he scored two more goals against Hannover and Gladbach.
There’s a reason everyone is talking about Leon Bailey… 👀
He’s scored three goals in the last four days and is seriously rapid 🏃💨⚡️ pic.twitter.com/v1JGpU5QHs
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 21, 2017
How excited are Villa fans about the signing of Bailey?
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